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Asa Thomas Metcalfe

August 17, 2017

Black Velvet


Last night I fell asleep with my clothes on.

And my feet in my pillows.

I wrote half a poem on parchment paper,

And tucked it under the mattress.

I woke up in a bottle,

Like a moth who lost his way.

Trying to find the light,

But landing in black velvet.


Rhode Island


The air is chokingly thick with
hot humid waste.
Soaking into my lungs.
Weighing them down 'til they
press on my stomach.
A soft wind roams the streets
of Providence.

A soft wind.
Too little too late.

Even the leaves are exhausted.
And for a moment the city is silent.
Basking in its

stagnant uncomfortable stillness.

Heat ricochets between the wooden walls

and brick stone streets

until the night's tension is cut
by a Puerto Rican wail.

The human drama

of a city.

The despondent cries
of domestic dispute,
followed by the lamentations
of a broken heart.
The metropolis awakens,
motors run in the bleak distance,
Everything returns to its
rightful state.


About the author: "I have been published in Verbicide Magazine, and The Litchfield Literary Review. I grew up in the small town of Proctor, Vermont; attended college in Maine, and have lived all across the United States and South America. I write poetry about the places I visit and the people I meet." Find him on Instagram: @acegringo

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