Satori in the Fifth

by Michael K. Gause

The second drink
finds my tears diluted
with whiskey, the glass on the table.

The third is a smile
from the woman at the end.
What could she want?

In the fourth I am almost
strong enough to snap my own neck.
All that women and whiskey want.

©2001 by Michael K. Gause

Michael K. Gause currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota. His works have been published in such works as The Venerable Seed, ArtWord Quarterly, Karawane, Rape of Narcissus, Poetry Motel, Unarmed, BigCityLit, Red River Review, and Half Drunk Muse. Minnesota Web site publications include Minneapolis Underground and mental contagion.

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