in tobacco we stand

10 Mar

maybe missing things is bad or a
sort of confession
to not smelling new bread baking around the corner, but
i miss telephone booths
and letters with stamps,
feeling invincible,
but there are still tobacco vice specialization shops;
cigarettes, lottery, candy, magazines.

i stand in line with all ages;
old man and his lottery book
two teenagers with skateboards being loud.
i plop a baseball preview on the counter and
the cashier;
same one for 7 montreal years,
says, “baseball…good for you.”

i half smile sort of shyly,
probably from his sincerity.
it’s been a long time since anyone really spoke to me.


2 Responses to “in tobacco we stand”

  1. Robert Julian Braxton March 10, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    the short and long of it: your writing speaks to me: positivity

    • steve March 11, 2014 at 12:39 am #

      Glad to hear it and don’t mind me when i sound like a fascist trying to control what can or can’t be said in the reply section. I’m a moody son of a bitch with very little patience for people who don’t write replies like they would speak in face to face conversation, but then again this is the internet so people can wear all kinds of disguises. It’s their problem. I just ignore them.

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