Wine Tasting


but don’t inhale.

Taste and swish,

but don’t swallow.

The experience

lasts a moment,

then discarded

into a silver bucket.

So dignified,

so proper,

delicate ladies

with perfect hair

spitting blood

red mouthfuls.


Falling in Love Outside a Ryan Adams Concert

Into a swirl of smoke and music,

awkward chatter fades away.


Cigarette smoke mingles with,

Just put your arms around her already.


A woman laughs.

Pretense of scalped tickets


falls away, as we move closer,

pressed together in the rain.


by Laura Baker

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