Trojan horse weed,

smothering undergrowth,

its scent fires

summer evenings

long ago.


Just one more time

my stomach’s free fall

over possibilities

when my parents were young.


When I could afford

to turn down future happiness

and keep this one.




Dwayne Barrick resides in Ohio and works as an independent grant writer. His poems have appeared in Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, Blue Unicorn, Kin, Southern California Review, and The Road Not Taken. His long poem L’avventura, on the great film of the same name by Michelangelo Antonioni, appears online at Ragazine.cc.