'Knight Piece' & 'Possessed': Two Poems by Dragos Bogdan


the knight piece of

a chess board

is a sharp thing

because of the horse's pointy ears

This old man came into the ER

with one of those stuck

in his eye

and of course the medics asked how the hell

did it happen

He told them he didn't see with

that eye anyway

"Yes, but still, why did you do it? Why

would you stab the piece

into your eye like that?"

Someone whispered 'dementia'

The patient was in his mid eighties

He told them,

"I just had to get out of that place. Y'all

have anything to drink 'round here?"

The next day an article had been printed

in the local paper




It was long

and few people read it



It wasn't looking good at all

the framed picture of Jesus

had cuts all over it

On the face

In the hair

On the hands joined in prayer

And the eyes were crossed out deep

and cut out

why would he

do that?

Why would a five year old do that

to the gift he got from


Was the child possessed? Oh, God! Was

the child possessed by the devil?

They took him to church to

find out

and the priest

asked him why did he cut the Jesus

in the framed picture and

the kid said, "I wanted a bike, not a stupid


"He is definitely possessed," said the priest

"You'll have to bring him

to church every Thursday and Sunday. And I

will give you further instructions."

Grandma fainted

mother broke down crying

Father got him a bike actually. But mother

and grandma made sure it

won't reach him. Because father left

mother and went

away to live a life of sin with another woman.

All ties had to be cut

with that sinner.

The bike was donated to a foster home where

the nuns pasted a picture of Jesus

on the basket to protect the

rider from accidents

But the first kid who rode it fell off while

climbing a slope and

the bike slid across the asphalt

leaving deep scratches into the face of Jesus


Dragos Bogdan works as a dispatcher for a Romanian gambling company (supervising casinos) and part of the work means spending twelve hours alone in the office which is perfect for observing people, daydreaming, and writing poems (which he primarily e-mails to himself). He also published a few online (none of these, of course) on hellopoetry.com: https://hellopoetry.com/B_R_Dragos/poems/?tab

(*I did not censor the bad words, the site does that automatically).

As well as on his website: https://drbogdan.home.blog/

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