Patience is deviant so she taps her foot soft
Keeping time to a Billy Strayhorn masterpiece, anxious
Aside this handsome, no, gorgeous young boy
Whose pensive eye saunters as Johnny Hodges
Over resilient crowds who violently kill time,
Never inhaling cigarettes, pray to forget
Rituals they deny. Compressed ruby lips
Compel boys, green experienced, taunt old men,
Green from envy,
Who square dance ballerinas as
Narcotic lotus blossoms bloom.
Justin Kempf has just moved with his wife to Cincinnati from Indianapolis. He works in sales.