by Danny Earl Simmons


Her words slide

across the page

like a lap dance

and grind against

the very base of you.

She writes

like a runaway

without options;

uses what God gave

and what men take.

She digs on the sweat

and the panting

and the smoke

and the rush of blood

to the head

from the whiskey

she pours down your throat,

and you open wide.

She knows

she’s an addiction

and winks

at the weakness

of you,

reduces you to words

you read over

and over again.



Danny Earl Simmons is an Oregonian and a proud graduate of Corvallis High School. He has loved living in the Mid-Willamette Valley for over 30 years. He is a friend of the Linn-Benton Community College Poetry Club and pops in when his work schedule allows. He works for Knife River and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Albany Civic Theater.

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