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A purple cloud of
scented smoke exhaled
by lips too drunk to
kiss sober.

Mixing our vices
and letting our
render weak
the unfamiliar music.

In an Amsterdam
hash bar I let
the poison take
its clear path.

Staring at her
while drifting from
her words until she
touches me in
indigo mist.

Worlds away
spinning backwards
then forward.

When halfway up
from the floor
I leave her.

With nothing
but a clearer
path to nowhere.

Rp Verlaine lives and writes in New York City. He has an MFA in creative writing from City College. He taught in New York Public schools for many years. No longer teaching, he continues to write and do photography in New York. He had a volume of poetry- Damaged by Dames & Drinking published in 2017 and another – Femme Fatales Movie Starlets & Rockers in 2018. A set of three e books began with the publication of Lies From The Autobiography vol1 was published in November of 2018. Lies From The Autobiography vol 2 was published in early 2019 and a third Volume will be published in June.His poetry has appeared in The Linnet's Wings, Haikuniverse, Scryptic, Proletaria, Humankind Journal, Fractured Haiku, Under The Basho, Plum Tree Tavern, Fresh Out Magazine, Blazevox, Pikers Press, Poems' bout Love & Hate anthology.

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