Poetry — 17 November 2016

rene castro

(after Rufino Tamayo’s painting El fumador, 1945)

by

Matthew Woodman

artworth by Rene Castro

You can tell a man
by his brand
of tobacco
does he profess
hold forth
extol his exploits

understudy
to the great man theory
a prince among
rolling papers

you would plot a coup
had you wherewithal
confess
the bulb swings

consider this conscription
allot yourself time
enough to curfew
to post bail

do not break
character

wait for the check
nod
check
excuse me
check
can I have
the alibi

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