October 2, 2019

Your Habit or Mine? Two Poems by Chad Lutz

Your Habit or Mine? Two Poems by Chad Lutz

859 Years

they were singing

Ave Maria

in the streets

when the flames

leaped out

of its crown

like a scurry

of small animals

glass popping

wood hissing

from years

of accumulated


they’re calling it

a shared sadness

it’s madness

what we find

in the losing


If Anything, We Played Each Other

you only smoke on occasion

you smoke every day of your life

fingers caked with the cancer you’ll contract

the Turkish spices and menthol chards

your lungs draw deep

your mouth purses

saying you’ll quit tomorrow

telling me you’ll quit today

we share a Size 8 waistline

& every order of nachos

you plant kisses on my earlobes

& tuck your hands into the seat of my pants

we dance

but that’s it

you’re everything to me

a habit to pass the time

* * *

859 Years

Chad W. Lutz is a speedy human born in Akron, Ohio, in 1986, and raised in the neighboring suburb of Stow. An alumna of Kent State University’s English program, Chad earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Mills College and currently serves as an assistant editor for Pretty Owl Poetry. Their writing has been featured in KYSO Flash, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Gold Man Review, and Haunted Waters Press, was awarded the 2017 prize in literary fiction by Bacopa Review and was a nominee for the 2017 Pushcart in poetry. This is their first feature on the Fictional Café.

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