wet sidewalks (20170118)

in the rain a cyclist passes
unprepared for the sudden showers
an orange ember glowing
at the end of his cigarette

petrichor and marlboro lights
and i am ten
and the streets are wet
and black except for the
sodium cyclops eyes of streetlamps
home has that familiar smell
and nicotine-stained curtains

6 thoughts on “wet sidewalks (20170118)

    1. Thank you so much. I grew up in a house of smokers, though I’ve never had a cigarette myself, and I find rather than being off-putting, the occasional scent of a cigarette is very calming.

    1. It’s something about being in the dark in the rain that instantly throws you right back. At least, for me. That and the smells.

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