behind the ridge line, a truck driver
backs his truck
into a barroom’s parking lot.
A girl, standing in front of the
bar, puffs on a cigarette.
The barroom door swings open
and shut as
a pizza-delivery man
exits, and
a bird, on a telephone line, dives
and disappears from
my sight–
all of which
has something to do with me
I am not quite

Image Credit:Sérgio Alves Santos

Wayne F. Burke's poetry has been widely published in print and online (including in KISS MY POETRY). He is author of 8 published full-length poetry collections--most recently BLACK SUMMER, Spartan Press, 2021. A book of his short stories, TURMOIL & Other Stories, was published by Adelaide Press, 2020. More recently published, 10/22, is a nonfiction work, titled HENRY MILLER Spirit & Flesh, from Cyberwit. net. Wayne F. Burke lives in the central Vermont area, and has done so for the past 35 years.