The Winner by James Babbs

the wind turbines west of here
remind me of those plastic sunflowers
some people use to decorate their lawns
those plastic sunflowers that catch the wind
and spin around out there under the sun
I know the wind turbines
don’t really look like those sunflowers
but when I drive past the turbines
those plastic sunflowers
are what I start thinking about
and those plastic sunflowers remind me
of one drunken night many years ago
back when I was attending college
when I was returning late to the dorm
and this guy who lived on my floor
was stumbling in behind me
I think his name was Glen
and he was carrying one of those plastic sunflowers
he must have stolen it from someone’s yard
and I noticed the sunflower only had
one or two plastic petals left on it
the rest of them had been broken off
but Glen was holding on to the sunflower
like it was some kind of beautiful trophy
he had received for doing something great

James Babbs-Author Photo
James Babbs is a writer, a dreamer, a three-time loser and an all-around nice guy who just wants to be left alone. James is the author of Disturbing The Light(2013) & The Weight of Invisible Things(2013) and has hundreds of poems and a few short stories scattered all over the internet.

 

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