Featured Writer: Adam Levon Brown

My ’76 Chevy Didn’t Invite You

 

I’m adrenaline-soaked,

up to my neck in the deep-end

of my ex-boyfriend’s swimming pool

 

Hoping that he never

comes back

 

He tried to hotwire

my heart to meet his needs

 

What he didn’t know

was that my key was already

in the ignition

 

Flaring, pumping, gas

engine of blazing truth

 

Brought down

by the heavens to banish

the unholy grip

 

of this manicured

narcissist

from my halo-lifted life

 

Hydraulic juggernaut

pounding

through the streets

 

And this monster

is still hanging

on to the passenger-side

 

door like I owe him

for that sandwich

he bought me at 7-11

3 weeks ago as a gift

 

He emotionally mailed

himself a ticket

to the top of my shit list

which hangs on my bedroom wall

to be spit upon daily

 

One thing I learned,

love isn’t always easy

Another thing I learned,

love isn’t always love

 

Love can also be an entitled

piece of pulp friction

who thinks you’re his.

 

I think of this random impostor

and I’m adrenaline-soaked,

up to my neck in the deep-end

of my Father’s swimming pool.

 

But back to the car

I am revving and revving

with all she’s got captain

 

I Roll down

the abuse-barrier window

just an inch

 

I tell the impostor to back

away from the car

And he finally lets go

of the door,

 

raises his hands and quietly

walks away

 

I just sit

adrenaline-soaked,

up to my neck in the deep-end

of my Father’s swimming pool

 

Hoping that he never

comes back

 

Love can be a lot of things

but this abuser

didn’t know the first, second, third-

 

Not even the fourth

thing about love

 

What he wanted

was of a different shade

 

What he wanted

was nothing I would ever give him

 

And again,

I’m still adrenaline-soaked

up to my neck in the deep-end

of my ex-boyfriend’s swimming pool

 

Hoping that he never

comes back

 

© Adam Levon Brown


Adam Levon Brown About the Writer

Adam Levon Brown is an internationally published poet and author in 14 countries. He has had his work translated in Spanish, Albanian and Afrikaans. Boasting upwards of 300 published pieces, you can find his writing at such publications as Burningword Literary Journal, Angel City Review, Firefly Magazine, Epigraph, Penwood Review, and Ariel Chart. He was long-listed in the 2016 Erbacce Prize poetry competition.


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