Andrew Hudgins

(22 April 1951 -- / Killeen, Texas)

Andrew Hudgins Poems

1. Steppingstone 3/16/2012
2. In 3/16/2012
3. Playing Dead 3/3/2015
4. Blur 3/16/2012
5. Day Job And Night Job 3/16/2012
6. In The Well 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Andrew Hudgins

In The Well

My father cinched the rope,
a noose around my waist,
and lowered me into
the darkness. I could taste

my fear. It tasted first
of dark, then earth, then rot.
I swung and struck my head
and at that moment got

another then: then blood,
which spiked my mouth with iron.
Hand over hand, my father
dropped me from then to then:

then water. Then wet fur,
which I hugged to my chest.
I shouted. Daddy hauled
the wet rope. I gagged, and pressed

my neighbor's missing dog
against me. I held its death
and rose up to my father.
Then ...

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