An elastic smile

Beneath sad eyes

Sitting alone

In his flashy new car

With evasive glances

He pours from glass to plastic

Another quick look

He raises the cup to his lips

Amber liquid


A prolonged and torturous thirst

The mind clears and focus shifts

His smile never wavers

“Don’t tell on me.”

The car pulls away

A thick smell of fuel

The only reminder of how


Permeates everything.