by Andrew Riutta and Michael Dylan Welch


First published in South by Southeast 15:3, Fall 2008, page 14. Written by email in July and August 2008.


AA meeting

spring peepers lengthen

the moment of silence                                                  Andrew


        the chairman of the board

        drops his laser-pointer                                          Michael


February wind

the funeral director reaches

for a breath mint                                                              Andrew


pep talk—

the coach bites through

his pencil                                                                             Michael


        on the therapist’s face,

        a scar bigger than her smile                                 Andrew


competing with

the minister’s drone . . .

potluck smells                                                                   Michael