“Around Any Corner” by L. K. Thayer

Photo by VC Ferry

I light a cigarette
trying to keep it down

a pack a day…

I mean
after all, I’m not
‘The Marlboro Man’
I’m gonna die someday

like everybody else

only I’m on the
fast track

dizzy with uncertainty

only certain

that I’ve lost my way

I light up another
and choke down memories
of softer touches
and sweeter smells

of hope

and you…

always thinking

that we’ll bump into

each other someday

and I feel like

I’m in the middle

of a bulls-eye

and you’re pulling

back the string

and I look out onto
the dead city
with hollow dreams
and vacant chants
of sycophants
cling to the past
and what was

the best
of the worst

they ever had


I light one






L. K. Thayer

All Rights Reserved

© 2009


  1. Julie · November 21, 2009

    Wow! Great tumble-down. I love poems that take me on a ride. Would make a great song!

  2. lkthayer · November 21, 2009

    Thanks Julie, I will hum a few ‘juice bars’…wink. 🙂

  3. Robin · November 21, 2009

    Great one Lisa…puts you right there at the end of your cigarette and wondering why.

  4. lkthayer · November 21, 2009

    I was so a-mused & inspired by VC’s picture, I just put myself in this guys trench coat…

  5. Kalliope Amorphous · November 21, 2009

    Wow! Fantastic. I was right there with you.

  6. blissbait · November 21, 2009

    OH, dear God Lisa. There’s One like this from my past that I won’t release. Always looking, always hoping. F*%k. I love this poem. It comforts me that I’m not the only one who does this. Sigh. Thank You and Namaste. 🙂

    • lkthayer · November 21, 2009

      Oh honey, you are not alone!! Dear goddess! 🙂

  7. msbutterton · November 21, 2009

    This is great Lisa – and of course the pic is poignant and moving – love it!


  8. Tooty Nolan · November 23, 2009

    What I know about poetry could be written on the end of my nose: But having said that – I really enjoyed this. It had such a staccato rhythm. It was frenetic at times, then began falling away with the acceptance of inevitable defeat. To use a colloquial English term – Cor!

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