Chai is a thick brand of
throws itself around sticky.
Heroin addicts with running mascara
take a booth by the uni-sex bathroom.
They are caricatures.
Smokers cling outside
Standing close in the cold,
babes enjoy Cloves and cappuccino.
--Charles Clifford Brooks III has been published in The Dead Mule, Eclectica, Gloom Cupboard, The Smoking Poet, Red Fez, vox poetica, Asylum, Otoliths, Contemporary American Voices, Prick of the Spindle and Journal of Liberal Arts and Education. His poetry has been featured on the Joe Milford Poetry Show, Not Your Mother’s Poetry and vox poetica’s 15 Minutes of Poetry. Charles Clifford’s first book of poetry, Whirling Metaphysics, will be published by Leaf Garden Press. He lives in Athens, Georgia.