Excluding Happy Hour

By Noah Falck

The dark feels its way through the crowd,

shows up after the hit & run on Main Street.

Those out of breath/out of work build a river

outside our window. We watch it move. We

grow headaches throbbing with the spirit of

bad weather, with the Americanism of extra

innings. Spring becomes a parking lot filled

with dogs in backseats breathing clouds into

the sky. And the river is a mirror, a mirror for

all the beautiful blondes in the suburbs. On

days like this, the clouds give birth to other

clouds and the rain runs down our cheeks as if

sad. On days like this, let our hearts be

mistaken for mountains.

Noah Falck is the author of Snowmen Losing Weight (BatCat Press, 2012) and several chapbooks including Celebrity Dream Poems (Poor Claudia, 2013). He co-curates the Silo City Reading Series in an abandoned grain silo and works as education director at Just Buffalo Literary Center in Buffalo, New York. Find him online at noahfalck.org.