I Shot Another Officer From The Watchtower [To Escalate Our Courtship]

We had picnicked first of all
… caviar and pâté
with tinned mandarins
and a bottle of champagne
… confiscated yesterday
from a wealthy Banker.
We stood up from the rug,
both stretched, contentedly,
before walking to the rail
and my waiting rifle.
I half-smoked a cigarette,
making her giggle sweetly
as I blew smoke-rings
in her beautiful direction.
Then, spinning, with speed
… I shouldered the gun,
twisting the barrel,
with deadly expertise,
into the Target’s pathway…
yelling “Binoculars Now!”
… I scoped, and FIRED.
She screamed “Oh my God,
you got him right in the face
… I actually saw his jaw
and teeth EXPLODING!”
Lowering my weapon
… she leapt into my arms,
and whispered, teasingly
“I’m almost in love with you.”

Paul Tristram is a widely published Welsh writer who deals in the Lowlife, Outsider, and Outlaw genres.  He wrote his first poem as a teenager following his release from the (Infamous) Borstal ‘HMP Portland’, and he has been creating Literary Terrorism ever since.  His novel ‘Crazy Like Emotion’ published by Close To The Bone Publishing is available to purchase right here Read other articles by Paul, or visit Paul's website.