NATE PORTNOY 

is a Math and English major at the University at Buffalo. Oftentimes he tells jokes

which are not very funny, but at

no point has he let

that fact stop him

from continuing

to tell them.

Halloween Night

 

i walked into a saloon parlor looking

for a cowboy only to find you dressed

up as a zombie lying on the ground

explaining to me how your compulsion hadn’t gotten the better of you.

 

i walked into a saloon parlor looking

for a cop only to find you dressed

up as a zombie lying on the ground

pleading with me that your compulsion hadn’t gotten the better of you.

 

i walked into a saloon parlor looking

for help only to find you dressed

up as a zombie lying on the ground

promising to me how your compulsion hadn’t gotten the better of you.

 

i walked into a saloon parlor looking

for a cowboy only to find you dressed

up as a zombie lying on the ground

dead because you told me that your compulsion hadn’t gotten the better of you.

NAME Magazine UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO 2020