Flavour

It’s funny how things work out
She offered as her lips delicately traced
The long edge of the thin paper
And soft fingers rolled it expertly into a small stick

Chapped lips and yellowed teeth
Teasing, tasting the words more than the nicotine
Watchful eyes wandering across my care – etched
Face, faltering as I stuttered and stammered what

Little I could, blinking blindly into the sunrise with my
Legs dangling limply over the seawall
Struggling to process
She noticed the blink

It’s kinda bright here, dontcha think
Should we walk or stay sat here
Politeness, a kindness
Sincere, no veneer
But it mattered not

Who is it, what is it
There’s no-one, it’s nothing
But that’s kinda the point
We both knew there was a shelf life
To love life, an expiry to the perspiring
The sweat drenched wild nights

When they’ve come and gone
And seen their best days fade
Frankly, it’s, well not a drag
She took a drag of the fag
Breathed in, drew down
But time waits for no-one
Not us

And what have we got
Some laughter, some banter
And that’s just our lot
It’s not you or me
It’s us
This
Right here
Just doesn’t do either of us any favours
When neither is each other’s
Flavour of the month

She turned to me
With eyes black as jet
Soft lips formed a final word
Cigarette?

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10 thoughts on “Flavour

  1. I will be reading you regularly. I’m a poetry lover too. I think this is amazing work. How does inspiration come to you? Cheers, A:)ex

  2. I like this one a lot…it’s poetry like this that gives me inspiration to write, such emotion, and description. I love this: “when neither is each other’s/ flavor of the month.” Very nice line!

  3. I Love love the alliteration in this poem — Face, faltering as I stuttered and stammered — my best line. good job. Watch the adverbs – blindly, limply. it lessens the power of the line. This is however a personal opinion. Thanks for following my blog

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