Kyle Hemmings

Girl, Waiting

Your life of chewed ham­bones,
bro­ken strings, hear­ing a sound
that resem­bled a whis­tle,
trailed you at a dis­tance,
some­times beside you,
& on one occa­sion
your feet became shiv­er­ing fish.
You avoid­ed your own wed­ding
to a pale faced girl your par­ents chose
for her out­stand­ing punc­tu­al­i­ty.
It seemed you were always walk­ing
along rail­road tracks, either side,
East or West. Under yel­low sky.

One day the train will stop.
The whis­tle ceas­es
& the train will take you
where she waits,
a plat­form too hard on the eyes,
the only girl you ever slept with
expect­ing you for once

to be on time.


Kyle Hemmings lives and works in New Jersey. In his spare time, he talks to pissed off cab dri­vers and is still look­ing for the per­fect cheese­burg­er. His work has appeared or will soon appear in Prick of the Spindle, Smokelong Quarterly, Nano Fiction, Staccato Fiction, Camroc Press, Decomp, and Lonesome Fowl. Kyle has a first book of poet­ry due out soon, called Fuzzy Logic. Kyle does not deal with num­bers.