David B. in Class

For a former student on his birthday


David half-asleep–

tired from work? a little stoned?

Looks like he might crash,

head hit desk at any time.

But just when we think he’s gone,

out comes apt smart-ass remark.


Copyright 2014

T. Allen Culpepper

Grocery Shopping

Mussed dark hair and beard,

lean in super-low-hung jeans,

shiny black high-tops.

short, snug olive-green T-shirt,

small tattoo on his right arm,

he’s shopping for groceries

with his alleged girlfriend.

Copyright 2013

T. Allen Culpepper