half-burned cigarette

why did you 

         always say

“a bird will use it 

         to make a nest”

when you stomped embers

         of half-burned cigarettes 

into the crevices 

         of concrete paths – 

as if any sensible 


would want to taste 

         your nicotine

               or smell the remnants 

                         or your whiskey-soaked breath?

Sara Reynolds Cox

Sara Reynolds Cox is an English major at Cumberland University. A natural lover of words, she has dabbled in writing for as long as she can remember and was awarded the John MacDougall Literary Award from Volunteer State Community College for one of her poems. Sara would like to thank the English Faculty at Cumberland for supporting her.

NOVUS Literary and Arts Journal
Lebanon, TN