I Used to Play in Bands

by David R. DiSarro

There were always
sad women,
striped socks, tattoos,
the names of ex-husbands,
strained against
low cotton tops.
Their dates leaned
on their ladies, or
dollar pitchers,
shared smokes in the halo
of second chances,
and there I was, naked
behind a velum
of incandescent laughter.
The crowd, unaware, thinned,
pushed through carved doors
out into the chorus
of sirens and car horns,
and necked beneath the neon,
leaving me to pick up
half-smoked cigarettes,
to inspect for lipstick,
to feel my tongue flick
against the filter
and ignite.


David R. DiSarro is currently an Assistant Professor of English and the Director of the Writing Center at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. He received his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from Ball State University, his M.A. in Creative Writing from Southern Connecticut State University, where he was also a graduate research fellow, and his B.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Maine at Farmington. David’s work has previously appeared in The Ibbetson Street Magazine, The Orange Room Review, Breadcrumb Scabs, Third Wednesday, among others.

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