‘Two Poems’ by Tyler Dempsey

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Distance

Mexico.

Pico de Orizaba

country high point

17,800 feet

girlfriend vomited blood

Pad Thai.

The other

on rope hacked phlegm with

blood in it.

So reluctantly I turned around.

People asked

where we’d been.

Said Orizaba. They go, “Muy frío!”

In the States,

I say, I’m from Alaska,

people immediately cross their arms, grabbing bicep with opposing
hand,

“Eww, cold.”

Understanding

what’s wrong

with me.

The Hippie

We collide.

ropes connect dogs to folds

of clothing.

Licking greasy wrappers.

In a hurry, his head’s

bleeding,

and he can’t light his joint right.

“You’re hurt?”

“It’s rad.”

Tyler Dempsey won the 2nd Annual The Tulsa Voice/Nimrod International Journal Flash Fiction Contest and received honorable mention in Glimmer Train and New Millennium Writings competitions. His work appears, or is forthcoming in, amongst others, Soft Cartel Magazine, X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine, Wilderness House Literary Review, and Gone Lawn. Find him on Twitter @tylercdempsey

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