Brown Dirt Cowboy

First published in True Colour (Redmond, Washington: City of Redmond, 2014).

describing your trip,
you brown the soufflé
just a little bit more

            I toss one back
            at the Brown Pelican

the math professor
in the dean’s office

melting snow—
the UPS truck
at the neighbour’s door

            eating my email
            the brownout

road trip—
we sing along
with the Brown Dirt Cowboy