Bradley Mason Hamlin

Archipelago and a Misty Sunset

“Archipelago and a Misty Sunset” by Erin O’Malley

Assembled in Darkness

my neighbor
watched me
as I walked out my front door

down the steps
in my bathrobe and shades

he looked nervous
as he watered a strip of grass
with a thick green hose
that looked a little
too much
for him to handle

he gave it
all to that lawn
as I moved slowly through
thick daylight
to my car

I opened the door
feeling dizzy
searching …

for the fast food wrapper
I had been missing
but remembered
when I started drinking

I walked back up the steps,
reading …

my neighbor
still staring
as I walked back inside
closed the door
and felt much better

without all that light.

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