The Exterminator by Nicole Garcia


 
 
You watch him sizing up the threat.
This stranger sweats inside your bedroom
Where eaves have buzzed for weeks. Too quiet.
You watch him, sizing up the threat.
He eyes your framed certificate.
So you’re a black belt? No one’s home.
You watch him sizing up the threat.
This stranger sweats inside your bedroom.
 
 
 
Nicole Caruso Garcia is Assistant Poetry Editor at Able Muse and a Board member at Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference. Her most recent poetry and reviews appear in or are forthcoming from Atticus Review, Crab Orchard Review, DIAGRAM, Italian Americana, Light, Measure, Mezzo Cammin, The New Verse News, PANK, Plume, The Raintown Review, Rattle, and RHINO. Connect with her at www.nicolecarusogarcia.com.