Boys Overheard While Playing a Video Game
Kaitlyn Von Behren
after Mary Szybist’s “Girls Overheard While Assembling a Puzzle”
Amber’s boobs were practically escaping during
Bible study today, did you notice? Hey, I’ll
check the safes for ammo— don’t
die. I swear, every Sunday the
evangelist’s daughters wear less clothing. Not like I’m
fucking complaining, though. Switch your
goddamn gun. No, no, yeah, that one should
hold ’em off. The sister is pretty hot, too. What if
I go for Amber and you go for her— what’s-her-name?
Jada? Jade? Whatever, doesn’t matter. I heard she’s
kinky as hell. Refill your ammo, quit trying your
luck. Maybe the two of ’em would watch a
movie with us next Friday, probably
not unless we have something to smoke, though. They
only fuck with druggies — you just have to
pick ’em off. Just choose somebody and shoot him. This
quest sucks. At least Cecilia’s back down to nine a gram.
Run, dude, run! Look for cover, Jesus! No wonder you get
shot in the back so much. Think you’ll finally get to
third base? Just ask if you can slip a few fingers
under her skirt, I dunno. She doesn’t seem like a
virgin to me. I’m just going to spray paint everything. I
wonder if they’re into Vicodin, maybe
Xanax. I have a shit-ton left over from when my
younger sister had a meltdown. Crap, where’d all these
zombies come from?
Kaitlyn Von Behren is a nineteen-year-old poet currently studying English at Ripon College. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the Oakland Arts Review, Canvas, and Wisconsin’s Best Emerging Poets 2019. Her poems have also been honored by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and Button Poetry.