A Small Deposit From A Smaller Despot
by Jackson Bedenbaugh
I-guanas prefer the linoleum,
their claws snap against the wax.
Thank goodness for the bag boy,
a moment of reprieve. His skin
is breathing and damp with paint.
Sliding glass doors. It’s necessary, for sliding glass
Will step aside for heat. Oh, god forbid.
The i-guanas are docile.
You would be docile
if you were a bird-eater.
You are not the audience.
Now pop your orange drink.
In 2014, Jackson Bedenbaugh received two honorable mentions from the Scholastic Writing & Arts Awards, one honorable mention in 2015, and two Silver Keys in 2016. For three years Bedenbaugh was a reader for and his senior year acted as Nonfiction Editor of Crashtest Magazine, based at the Fine Arts Center, a public arts high school in Greenville, South Carolina. Since then Bedenbaugh has dropped out of the University of South Carolina in order to pursue my fantastic morphing into a man-sized gila monster.