The Spanish Steps

By Brad Johnson


You say we don’t belong together
like the Spanish Steps in Rome.

You claim one of us is misplaced
like the Cincinnati International Airport
located in Kentucky.

But the Spanish Steps are in Rome
and your layover is in Kentucky
if you fly through Cincinnati.

We belong because our laundry
and dishes are mixed, your voice
is my answering machine message.

So live with me.


Brad Johnson Winner of the 2012 Longleaf Press Chapbook Contest, Brad Johnson has published four chapbooks of poetry. Work of his has also been accepted by Nimrod, Permafrost, Poet Lore, The South Carolina Review, The Southeast Review, Southern Indiana Review, Willow Springs and others.

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