Nanticoke by Michael N. Thompson

This old roach motel town
is less of a home to me now
and more like a stage prop
for the midnight movie
playing in my head

Pennsylvania Pulp & Paper
and the other blood money factories
rusting into amnesia
hold about as much charm
as Hemingway’s shotgun

Bowling teams and dart leagues
won’t bleach it all away

When you’re meant for more
than the world is willing to give,
it makes more sense to pull
the blade from its sheath
and carve out a new scar

Oblivion is worn
like a party dress
and ambition is just a promise
waiting to be broken

Nanticoke is one of those places
that’s made for leaving
not living

Michael N. Thompson
Michael N. Thompson likes bacon, fantasy football and Doctor Who. His poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals including Word Riot, Toronto Quarterly and San Pedro River Review. He is the author of four poetry collections. His fifth, Days Of Swine And Roses, will be released through University Of Hell Press in late 2017. Michael is currently at work on a crime fiction novel.

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