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Vinesburg, Ohio

By Nicholas Rombes.

I am coming apart at the seams
again, you’re screaming
at the stars again, I’m sleeping
through another season again.

The thoughtless plowing of brainless Ohio farmers
have pitchforked me, again, into corners.

All spring, Lisa, you’ve been picking
at the scabs
of the one thing that went right
in your life. All summer

I’ve been watching your calves as they meet
the backs of your knees that you give me to smooth
with cool Noxzema cream from that
blue expired jar.

It’s 1979 all over again. You have a crush
On distant London Calling again. You keep
coming again.

The blue night lacquered sky
outside your Ohio bedroom window

reflecting the bluer weight of the world.

Lisa: shrug it off and come (can you hear me
begging here)
with me.

Nicholas Rombes

Nicholas Rombes is author of the novel The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing (Two Dollar Radio) and the 33 1/3 book Ramones (Bloomsbury), as well as the director of the feature film The RemovalsHis work has appeared in The BelieverThe Los Angeles Review of Books, and Filmmaker Magazine. He is a professor of English at the University of Detroit Mercy, at the corner of Six Mile and Livernois, in Detroit, Michigan.

First published in 3:AM Magazine: Friday, August 28th, 2020.