#NaPoWriMo – Day 13: Modus Operandi



Graphomanic tendencies keep me away from the TV
where crime dramas blast incessantly

If you watch the same things long enough
they start to affect your dreams

Clues, alibis, and motives start to
infect everything

Not the gruesome details, or the
horrible descriptions, or the mild gore

None of that is bothersome, for
these blood-rimmed eyes have seen far more

It’s the paranoia, and the overactive imaginations,
the blatant omissions, the emotion-based accusations

These are what burrow into my pores,
these are what suck deep at my brain matter

Every murmur of voices I encounter
starts to sound like cop chatter

Still I can’t help but drift, I tune
into the ending, the unmasking

I intrude on a story at the
pivotal moment without asking

I write down every fictional
criminal’s name just in case
I run into them somewhere

I continue with my scribing,
the whole room is gasping and

sighing, the victim’s family on the screen
is wailing and crying

I was right about the outcome,
but I don’t care


© Jennifer Patino (2018)


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