"Black Lines" by Johnny Scarlotti
 

when i was 8 or 9

on swim team 

 

my friend blake said

“hey, have you sniffed 

the black lines 

at the bottom of the pool yet?”

 

i said 

“no, why?” 

 

he said

“because they smell like

black licorice” 

 

i said 

“what? really?”

 

he said

“yeah” 

 

i said 

“cool! be right back!” 

 

i dove under and i got real close

to the black line

 

excited, i sniffed

 

"On the Train" by Johnny Scarlotti

I sit on the train

with some kids

my friends, I guess

I hang my head

down

 

katherine

sits next to me

 

she says

your body

it’s like a smile 

from knee to head

she traces it with her hand 

 

haha, she laughs

 

I say

no 

it’s a frown

I’m depressed

 

but she can’t hear me

she has already run off

 

katherine, come back