by Travis Stephens
Loose valves, a rocker tip-tapper, something out of whack in my chest. It rattles. Bangs. Time for a tune up, god knows, not a replacement, maybe a little service. Pluck it out. Set it on the work bench. Pressure wash it of memory, of rust and greasy stuff. Maybe a new coat of paint. Change a gasket. Don't lose any parts, don't forget how the thing is supposed to be wired. Tell yourself: almost good as new and they don't make them like this anymore.
Torso Musculature Front View
by Donald L. Patten
Travis Stephens is a tugboat captain who resides with his family in California. Recent credits include: Dime Show Review, Good Life Review, Waxing and Waning, True Chili, The Stillwater Review, Drunk Monkeys, and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. Visit him at: zolothstephenswriters.com
Donald Patten is an artist from Belfast, Maine. He is currently a senior in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the University of Maine. As an artist, he produces figure drawings and oil paintings. Artworks of his have been exhibited in galleries across the Midcoast region of Maine.