Death Wish #FoundPoem

I collected a few good ‘uns from The Corydon Democrat while I was off-schedule writing stories for Story A Day May. These found poems are actually transcripts of phone messages left on the Live Wire line at the newspaper office.

Death Wish

by Anonymous Caller

I would like to tell
that (person) that drives the … truck
up and down Harrison-Heth Road
truck gardenI would like for that … truck
to get blown up sometime.
I’m getting tired
of getting woke up
around 5:15 every morning
with your loud muffler
every time you
make it go loud.
It is aggravating.
A lot of people on this road
I don’t know where you live,
but I hope one day
that … truck
dies on you.


Yeah. Note to self: Always make your muffler go soft on Harrison-Heth Road, especially at 5:15 am. And always keep a close eye on your … truck.

I’m posting today at Fatal Foodies about a blah thing I turned into a yum thing.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Something wakes someone up at 5:15 in the morning.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Death Wish #FoundPoem

  1. Dan Antion

    June 6, 2017 at 7:28am

    I’d avoid that street if I could, but it’s the fastest route to the donut shop, and at 5:15, I’m jonesin for a cup and a chocolate frosted. A guys gotta do…

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  2. Pierre Laberge

    June 6, 2017 at 2:47pm

    Try getting woken up by 3 engine (one 1/2 way down the train) 200 car trains.
    Chooo Choooo!
    If that will not wake you up…..

    On the other hand, when Lesley is asleep, waking HER up….
    Please send more cannons.

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  3. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    June 6, 2017 at 3:53pm

    Some people think that if THEY have to be up, everyone ELSE has to be up.

    Civility seems a lost civic virtue lately.

    But since the schedule is known, and probably where the truck comes from, complaining is the least effective way of dealing with the problem.

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      Marian Allen

      June 6, 2017 at 5:29pm

      If the truck guy continues to come through at 5:15 on a regular basis, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear of a bunch of nails appearing before him all of a sudden.

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  4. joey

    June 7, 2017 at 5:04pm

    Damn. I can understand wanting to sleep at 5:15, I really can, but blown up?!? Bit over the top.
    Reminds me of my former hatred for mowers and blowers, tanks and guns, and screaming kids on post. Can I just tell you how lovely the interstate sounds?!? lol

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      Marian Allen

      June 7, 2017 at 5:35pm

      We don’t mess around with half measures around here. Especially in anonymous calls to the paper.

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