Rachel A. Hicks

Sweet Smoke I Shine

Snipe after snipe after snipe
I smoke cigarettes down 
to the bone—bombshell tight,

no pussycat from the ’60s but
I got my crown & it’s full of Camel 
Lights. I throw the cigs like candy

in the Octoberfest parade
to kids with sticky fingers, 
wearing D.A.R.E. t-shirts
& screaming my name—

It’s her! It’s her! The light
shines right off her! Is she foreign? 


Rachel A. Hicks is a writer, teacher, and independent bookstore worker. She received her MFA in Poetry from West Virginia Wesleyan College and her MA in English from Marshall University. She lives in Charleston, West Virginia.


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