Darling Rides Shotgun
by Jason Joyce

She was naked
outside the car, vomiting,
I rifled through her handbag,
searched her pants pockets—
looking for leverage.

Bat them once
bat them twice
it's what sells these days
and I'm a bargain hunter for

the clutching
the faux compromise,
the stumbling
the make-up artist's bedroom eyes

Four stations, on the rocks
shine pale
glint lucid
on her skin,
the car,
the moon

Carbon copy conversations
diner vinyl sugar substitute
she's wanting my coat
she's sloppy

Found the devil
in the details
seeing her hunger for
something I say
she understands

When she was naked,
it felt like a scene,
I was looking for a

Jason Joyce graduated from the University of Wyoming, majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Creative Writing. He plays bass in the Cheyenne, WY-based band "Save My Hero." He is currently working on his first full-length collection of poems. You can find out more about his writing and published poetry on his blog at jasonrjoyce.blogspot.com.

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