Monday, February 23, 2009

A one-dollar bill has
a humble and homely look.
A five-dollar bill has
a few meek pretensions.
A ten is vigorous and
forthright and honest,
like a scout leader.
A twenty, held to the ear
like a seashell
emits the far-off sound
of nightclub music.
A fifty wears the faint sneer
of the race track.
It has a portly look
needs a shave,
wears a yellow diamond
on the little finger.
And a hundred is
very haughty indeed.

John D. MacDonald
Soft Touch

Monday, February 16, 2009

Let's all
go kill
the scared
old man.

Will Cook
"Let's All Go Kill
      the Scared Old Man"

Monday, February 9, 2009

The Lieutenant flipped a lever
on a desk transmitter.
"Send Spillane in here."

Cornell Woolrich

Monday, February 2, 2009

He had greased black hair
parted in the middle
and a wax mustache;
wasn't tall and wasn't short;
and looked more like
his mother's side of the family,
but he didn't want anyone
to forget his father.
I made a bet with myself that
his parents never made it legal.

Earl Norman
Kill Me in Tokyo