The Next Morning

Courtney LeBlanc

I remember the train ride,
people going to work,
tourists looking at maps,
my short skirt conspicuous
in the bright light
of the next morning.

I left you still sleeping
in your bed, tip-toed
out with my heels in my hand,
grabbed a cup of coffee
at the corner market
and caught the 6:30am yellow line train.

I thought only of getting home,
of my dog who surely needed
to pee, of the bitter burn
of coffee on my tongue.

Courtney LeBlanc is the author of chapbooks Siamese Sisters and All in the Family (Bottlecap Press). Her poetry is published or forthcoming in Public Pool, Rising Phoenix Review, The Legendary, Germ Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Brain Mill Press, and others. She loves nail polish, wine, and tattoos. Read her blog at, follow her on twitter:, or find her on facebook:
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