I cannot speak of slant rhymes,
nor measure long and short on my knuckles.
I’m a grown man on some grown man shit.
I like people for what they don’t say.
People who drop prayers into a box.
You need someone to talk to? Fuck off.
Laine Derr is a graduate of Northern Arizona University’s MFA Creative Writing program. He has published in Thin Air, interviews with Carl Phillips and Ross Gay, and is currently based in Rockville, MD.
Artwork by: Henrik Dønnestad