Fingers of Light by James Babbs

I was drinking the last bottle of beer
looking through the window
watching the fingers of light
caressing the edge of the sky
the sun slipping into the ground
bringing on another night
and for a moment
I thought about a gun
but I didn’t have a gun
I thought about a knife
but the only knives I had
were the ones in the top drawer
next to the spoons and forks
I thought about pills
but I didn’t have anything
stronger than an aspirin
anywhere in the house
and anyway
it was already too late
I picked up the bottle
but I didn’t take a drink
I tried to view the room
by looking through the bottle
first with one eye and
then with the other one
it was something you only did
when you were drunk
and I laughed
I finished the rest of the beer
before I stood up
swaying a little as I did
I tossed the empty into the trash

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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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