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Break Down


by Michael Doliner





(Swans - July 28, 2008)  

At night, in a back alley, under a dim bulb,

I hang around a car with another guy.

Hemmed in by dead buildings that rise into darkness,

We mumble about what is wrong,

Lean under the hood,

Do nothing.

Bits of broken concrete crumble underfoot.

A tired smell of garbage hangs in the air.

Everything is vague in the ghostly orange glow.

Another guy with a blurry face

Walks up on the other side of the car.

"What are you doing here?" he asks me.

His voice is familiar from long ago,

But I can't place it.

He pauses to look at me,

Then continues on into the darkness.


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About the Author

Michael Doliner has taught at Valparaiso University and Ithaca College. He lives with his family in Ithaca, N.Y.



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