the hows and whys of my failures, Dan Nowak

i like to imagine there’s a metaphor about love being a Kalashnikov somewhere
that I know about like i’m some sort of scholar on metaphors or love or guns
without being creepy and sitting in a dark corner all night long hoping to get
the courage to talk to the girl who’s always looking like she’s about to leave even
though her friends keep buying her drinks and i wonder how she’ll kiss if she’ll
use too much teeth or not enough lip or just enough skirt to roll my eyes back
into my skull like i’m even more in love than these four whiskey and waters lead
me to believe that attraction is all trigger tension or a more pronounced iron sight
like when one tooth is much larger than the other and it shouts kiss kiss kiss kiss
until you do even if that isn’t where the night is meant to have gone but it goes
oh it goes anyways and there’s always the morning where hangovers and cleanings
go hand in hand and not in the romantic way i picture tonight going but in the way
where i’m left pushing a broom and picking up shell casings and i woke up all
alone again with my hand down my pants and drinks i meant to buy still in my pocket

-- this is my rifle, from the hows and whys of my failures

the hows and whys of my failures
by Dan Nowak
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About Dan Nowak

Dan Nowak is the editor and publisher of Imaginary Friend Press. His first book of poetry, Recycle Suburbia, won the 2007 Quercus Review Poetry Series Award. He has published chapbooks with RockSaw Press and Accents Publishing. Now recovering academic, Dan takes his time to pursue worthwhile shenanigans with the love of his life.