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Gold / Mark Rogers

artwork by Mark Rogers

On the drive home from Ciudad Obregon, we see a distant rainbow in front of us and then a second rainbow reflected off the spray of water from a semi’s huge tires.

My granddaughter asks if leprechauns are real.

I tell her they aren’t.

“Then who guards the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?”

That got me thinking about a land at the end of the rainbow, a totally depraved place where everything is made of gold. People fuck encased in gold foil, they drink gold, they murder each other with gold knives.


MARK ROGERS is a writer and artist whose literary heroes include Charles Bukowski, Willy Vlautin, and Charles Portis. Rogers lives in Baja California, Mexico with his Sinaloa-born wife, Sofia. His award-winning travel journalism has brought him to 56 countries. His crime novels have been published in the U.S. and UK. Uppercut, his memoir of moving to Mexico, is published by Cowboy Jamboree Press. NeoText publishes his Tijuana Novels series and Gray Hunter series. You can reach him at

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