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Poems By Taylor Graham
RAMBLING ROSE

Click of the parking meter,
metronome to country love songs
coming from the Tumble Inn.
It isn’t even night shift, but just
listen to the paycheck blues,
the cheatin’ sweethearts,
9-to-5 skimming off the cream

till nothing’s left, a quarter
in the jukebox, somebody’s
fortune running down
its tributaries to the gulf.
Outside’s a cardinal-red stolen-
kisses-crimson Dodge whose time’s
expired, the flag clicks

up, the meter-maid is swinging
into view. It’s none of your
affair, lover of loneliness and
wandering cheaply and on foot,
picking up lines from here
and there, keeping time
to other people’s heartaches.
 

Taylor Graham is a volunteer search-and-rescue dog handler in the Sierra Nevada. Her poems have appeared in International Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, The New York Quarterly, Poetry International, Southern Humanities Review, and elsewhere, and she's included in the anthology, California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present (Santa Clara University, 2004). Her book The Downstairs Dance Floor (Texas Review Press, 2006) was awarded the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize. Her latest is Among Neighbors (Rattlesnake Press, 2007).

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