John Tustin: “Being Alone So Often”

Being Alone So Often

Being alone so often
I read Aristophanes for laughs
While I drink 15 beers
And continuously look out the window
To see if that big white truck is still out there.
Eventually Hank Williams stops by
And gives me a slip of paper
That contains the most amazing couplets
Before getting into the backseat of his Cadillac
And verily dying.
The slip of paper gives me the slip
Between beer 14 and 15
So I go back to Aristophanes
And read until I nearly piss my pants,
Having temporarily forgotten that the toilet
Is only fifteen steps away.

Why is that big white truck still out there
While Williams’ caddie is long gone
Without even the memory of a taillight
In the road?

John Tustin’s poetry has appeared in many disparate literary journals since 2009. contains links to his published poetry online.

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