Green-gold sunlight seeps

through granite clouds, lightening

the gloom for a breath,

as when someone beautiful

appears at a a dull party,

and like the beauty who can’t

be bothered to stay,

then sneaks off again somewhere

as fat raindrops splash the curb

like champagne bubbles

against the side of a glass,

in preparation

for a maudlin toast.

Copyright 2018

T. Allen Culpepper




Handsome But Alone

Wearing peach ring tank with faded

indigo trim and pocket detail,

getting advice from the fitness trainer

about how to build his pectorals,


a young man, dark-haired and smooth,

heads off by himself to shoot some hoops.

It seems the beautiful and cool

people need company too.


Copyright 2013

T. Allen Culpepper