Evening Stroll

It’s a tough place to be

Evening Stroll
Photo by Ant Rozetsky / Unsplash

by Edward Anki

It’s a tough place to be
but we’re lucky to be
here the factory district
late September
scarlet horizon
soft breeze
a huddle of men
on break
smoking cigarettes
their voices trailing
our voices trailing
it’s a tough place to be
this planet
this body
this peculiar predicament
this view of stark fluorescent factory
lighting beneath our scarlet

Edward Anki's poetry has appeared in BOMBFIRE, Rejection Letters, Roi Fainéant Press, The Feathertale Review, Qwerty, The Chaffin Journal, and others. A chapbook of his poetry, Remote Life, was published by BareBackPress (2014). His first full-length poetry collection, Screw Factory, was released in 2022 by Anxiety Press. A former stand-up comic, bartender, and agonized telemarketer, Edward is currently engaged in part-time studies to become a psychotherapist.

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