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Ben Trigg April 2016



art by mauricio alejandro ramos

    Ben Trigg is the co-host of Two Idiots Peddling Poetry at the Ugly Mug in Orange, California. When not at the Ugly Mug, Ben spends his time using a BA in drama to work in educational research. His first full length collection Kindness from a Dark God came out on Moon Tide Press in 2007. He co-edited the anthology Don't Blame the Ugly Mug: 10 Years of 2 Idiots Peddling Poetry published by Tebot Bach.



When the match stick was a pimp

The flame came at a cost,
was forbidden from giving warmth or light for free.
The poor shivered in the street,
dreamt of glowing yellows and oranges,
the day they might afford to rent heat.
Those who could pay the match stick's price
slept with contentment, safe from the encroaching ice.
The fire longed for the ability to bless
the whole of the Earth,
liberated from its taskmaster,
free to incarnate at will.

copyright 2016 Ben Trigg




Before the paranoia,
before the profiling and fear,
shoes were a statement.
They told the world you deserved to fly in style,
protected stockings, socks, and bare feet
from the indignity of touching the mean floor.
Now they are inconvenience,
A thing to shuck as you undress for Security.
You are suspect now.
Choose your footwear accordingly.

copyright 2016 Ben Trigg