Not Easily Arranged

It was windy
but I was perspiring
“Dammit,” I said aloud
but to no one but me
I needed to walk across
town in the heat
without looking like
a sweaty, hairy pig
when I got there

I was wearing my nicest
shirt to impress a lady
She worked as a librarian,
a music librarian to be exact
She was brunette, busty
as hell, and she made me

She was a flutist or
flautist, however the
fuck you’re supposed to
say it these days
I don’t think she was
required to wear a
nametag because she
didn’t have one around
her neck

Her work ethic and
knowledge of music turned
me on
I could ask her if she
enjoyed the work of
Romantic composers such
as Robert Schumann but
I wouldn’t

I knew that Debussy was
more her style
Late Romantics and
Impressionists excited
her, she was swayed

I approached the lovely
woman and asked her to
help me find some
Tchaikovsky music for
She suddenly lit up and
had a thrilled look
on her face

We began conversing
for a few minutes, and
I finally asked her what
her name was
She told me, “I’ll keep
that a secret until
you take me out tonight
and buy me a drink”

So I did
and we talked, laughed,
drank and drank
some more
Towards the end of the
night she looks over
at me with that
gorgeous smile and said,
“My name is Molly”

The mystery was
gone but the ride had
just begun


Photography © Allison Goldin

Photography © Allison Goldin


Shawn Hatfield is a Virginia born writer, poet, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and music teacher. Hatfield’s poetry and short stories have been published in several including; Culture Cult Magazine, Indolent Books, Blognostics, and The Purcellville Gazette. He is currently working on a novel and looks forward to releasing it in 2016.

Allison Goldin is an artist living in California. Her work is a collection of spontaneous drawings from the imagination. The most common link throughout her art are the semi-recognizable creatures scattered amongst and bringing together the surrounding doodles.