His shrinking humiliation blistered in the sun.

You raise your nose at him

but I’ve seen you,

I’ve seen you digging trough the dumpsters,

hissing at spectators as they laugh at your misfortune.

Lean in close and listen to the clicking

of the kitchen clock. Maddening, isn’t it?

All of your mental calculations are letting you

down, aren’t they?

These are nights of love and laughter

followed by days of unapologetic


You stare at the dirty wine glasses

filling your sink as if you’re the only one

who feels empty on a daily basis.



Cliff Weber is 25 years-old and lives in Los Angeles. He has self-published three books, “Matzo Ball Soup” in 2009, “Jack Defeats Ron 100-64” in 2010 and “Remain Frantic” in 2011. His work has appeared in Adbusters, Out of Our, Burning Word, Bartleby Snopes and Young American Poets, among others. Weber is currently in need of a book publisher.

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