TWO POEMS by AUSTIN DAVIS

TWO POEMS by AUSTIN DAVIS

Checkmate

As you stole the words
hiding between my lips
at a midnight red light,

I thought about how
we’re two pieces
removed from
the same chessboard. Two

pawns captured and left
at the top of a ferris wheel
or in the passenger seat
of my car, leaving this world

behind one kiss on the cheek
at a time. A checkmate, holding

each other in the middle

of some parking lot,
your head warming my chest
as you listen to my heartbeat.

Little pawns in life’s game
who became
the king and queen
of the only places that matter.

//

Moments Lost

The sweaty night in May tugged
at the buttons of my shirt until dusk

and I remember a fly kept stopping
to rest on the crook of my neck.

I guess they all liked my cologne
but I wasn’t thinking about it that night.

Unfortunately the white wheelbarrow
squeaked up the house’s shaded road

and the papers on my desk hummed
their bewitching tune from the office upstairs,

drowning out the brown ducks pecking
at their curtained mother dancing in shadow.


Austin Davis' poetry has been published widely in literary journals and magazines. Most recently, his work can be found in Pif Magazine, Folded Word, The Poetry Shed, In Between Hangovers and Spillwords. His first chapbook, "The Moon and Her Ocean," was published in 2017 by Fowlpox Press. Austin's poetry is forthcoming from Ink in Thirds, Your One Phone Call, and Street Lights Press and his first full length collection, "Cloudy Days, Still Nights" is being released this spring by Moran Press. Check out Austin's website at https://austindavispoetry.weebly.com/

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