Synaesthesia Magazine Americana - Page 47

Asheville

It was a bourbon Friday night as

we followed a candy cigarette

dangling from our guide’s lips.

Want one? she asked

speaking around the sugar tube

Trying to quit, I said.

The hotel was a shopping complex at one time

featuring glass boxes for the display of old dresses.

Outside, there were voices and thumping sounds –

people always seem to shout louder at night,

but are gone when the daylight creeps in,

leaving the hoppy flavor of ale and the licorice

of negroni like a shadow on the curb.

JD DeHart is a teacher and writer. He has been published in Eye On Life Magazine, The Commonline Journal, and Red Fez, among others. His work is also forthcoming in a variety of publications, and his website is spinrockreader.blogspot.com.