James Babbs – 1 poem 

Before All the Light Was Gone

 

I started drinking late in the afternoon

before all the light was gone

when the sun was still shining

making everything seem

warmer than it really was

I sat there in the kitchen

drowning in the silence

the table near the window

I sat there

drinking cold bottles of beer

until the room began to change

I leaned back in my chair

looked up at the ceiling

I saw a stain up there

I hadn’t noticed before

it looked like the face of a woman

I knew several years ago

she was a beautiful woman

with this big obnoxious laugh

it made me laugh

and I started thinking about

what she was doing now

but it was funny

when I realized she would be

almost as old as I am now

the last time I saw her

she was backing her car

slowly out of the driveway

giving me the finger

I stood by the front door

and I couldn’t hear it

but I knew by the look on her face

she was laughing

her big obnoxious laugh

filling up the whole car



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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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