shot glass
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Kaye Bartholomew

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Halfway Home

Teeth clamp a wet cigar
as he jacks up the car,
face a hard shine.

We sit in the backseat,
roll down windows,
feet on our collie's back.

Mom stands in the road
and leafs through Life,
blots of pink on her cheeks

as we split a stick
of Doublemint and
peel back the foil, told

to be quiet and wait.