saw the photographer next door
leaving with a suitcase
asked him how long he’d be gone
and should I check the mail

he shook his head
she thinks I left the house last night
but I slept in the darkroom

laid my head on the enlarger table
and even pissed in the sink
I listened all night
but she never cried

so I packed
and left the negatives
clipped to the wire.


Lavonne Westbrooks hails from Suwanee, Georgia. It’s where she tends her imagination and bakes her cakes.



In my sixth decade of observing the world. I grew up a while back but am slowly reverting to a happier frame of mind known as a second childhood.

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