Early Envy 1956

“Early Envy (1956)” and “Fantasy Football”

In Issue 67 by Robert Eugene Rubino

Early Envy 1956
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Early Envy (1956)

When he’s eight he envies neighbor/buddy Bobby his airline pilot father

who drives his eye-popping harlequin Ford Thunderbird

with gears-a-poppin’ engine roarin’ to and from Idlewild

before and after taking off into the wild blue yonder.

When he’s eight he envies Bobby his strawberry-blonde mother

who on stormy wintry days drives them four city blocks to Catholic school

in her emerald Cadillac Coupe de Ville with jade interior

while exposing a flash of flesh beneath her honeydew bathrobe.

When he’s eight he envies Bobby and Bobby’s father and Bobby’s mother

when they take their one-way white flight

from working-class Queens to the grass-is-greener out-of-reach reaches

of a faraway foreign country called Connecticut.

Fantasy Football

No broken bones

no torn ligaments

no bumps or bruises

that are anything more

than mere bumps or bruises

that vanish in a day

if not sooner.

Fantasy football:

No bell-rung euphemisms

not even a post-game headache

nor pre-game one neither

no brain injuries

no injuries whatsoever.

Fantasy football:

No point spreads

no trash talk

no media hype

no cheating disguised as competitive edge

no cheating to trick officials into making bad calls

no bad calls

no cheating at all.

Fantasy football:

No Trump-supporting team owners

no taxpayer-funded stadiums

no fat-cat luxury suites

no supersonic militaristic pregame or halftime flyovers

no one-knee kneel-downs during national anthems because …

No national anthems.

About the Author

Robert Eugene Rubino

Robert Eugene Rubino is a retired newspaper copy editor and columnist and a former volunteer adult literacy tutor. He has published prose and poetry in various online and print journals, including Hippocampus, Raw Art Review, The Write Launch and MacQueen's Quinterly. "Vanity Unfair" (Cathexis Northwest Press) is the latest of his three collections.

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