Have You Seen My Integrity?

It was wearing a crimson 
fedora and a gun metal black 
v neck t-shirt

Last spotted down by the Batten Kill
under the bridge, if you see it 
please call me ASAP

Do not approach it. 
It has been known to 
lash out when startled

It may be alone or 
with an accomplice,
and it sometimes acts like it 

is confused, but can pretend 
to know where it wants 
to go. 

Do not be fooled.
Call the police if 
I cannot be reached

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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