Von Zimmer 2805 – Nicole Chvatal

                        After Unsolved Mysteries, “A Death in Oslo” 


Grab as much as you can leave

No prints, black lace and a briefcase

Of live rounds

To disturb, dab Ungaro

From Italian blazer lapels

Cut out labels

Teeth imprinted in isotope

Acid to disappear

When French was preferred

Order in Flemish

From a small town in Belgium that won’t forgive

Use a fountain pen to check in:

Jennifer Fairgate of Verlaine

Kroner thick folded in half

Leather trench hidden

Cash only.


Nicole Chvatal writes property deeds and lives in Maine. Her work has appeared in The Maine Sunday Telegraph, LEON, Pilgrimage and Verseweavers. She is a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

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