I crush out a cigarette when I see you coming
now my ears are ringing
a soft breeze blows me right into your heart
what a tangled cloverleaf of intentions
chemicals and old shocks
you’ve already been through the ringer
I can see that
but after a little dismantling post mortem
a run-down of all the events that led up to this
you’ll be free
and we can go down to the lounge
and forget the whole thing happened


Douglas Cole has had work in The Chicago Quarterly Review, Red Rock Review, Midwest Quarterly and other journals. He has published two poetry collections: Interstate, with Night Ballet Press, and Western Dream, with Finishing Line Press. He has also published a novella, Ghost, with Blue Cubicle Press. He is currently on the faculty at Seattle Central College.



Douglas Cole

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