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Art by W. Jack Savage 2019

Smoke dream

 

by Alex Salinas

 

 

I dreamt I was a cigarette and in this dream

Brand doesn’t matter because I begged Ayn

Rand to suck me dry, rid me from Earth,

One last time, and she said No,

Cancer, and I said

“Reconsider—release me,

Burn me from existence,

Birth me into someone else,

Even as I slowly kill you, Madame,”

To which Ayn Rand, with her pointer finger,

Blocked a lonesome tear trailing down her cavernous cheek,

And with pain in her husky voice, midnight eyes, said

It’s men who always take the most,

Then she drew me, Deathstick of Desire,

To her purple cracked lips and puffed,

Sucked slow,

Till I was no was no longer I,

Till she was ash

Spread swiftly by a strong wind

Across a marvelous lake.

 

 

 

Alex Salinas lives in San Antonio, Texas. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from St. Mary’s University, and will earn a master’s degree in English language and literature, also from St. Mary’s, in December 2019.

 

His poems have been published in the San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio Review, The Rye Whiskey Review, and Duane’s PoeTree. His short fiction has appeared in publications such as Every Day Fiction, Mystery Tribune, Nanoism, escarp, 101 Words, 101 Fiction, 121 Words, 365tomorrows, and Friday Flash Fiction.


W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of eight books including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage (wjacksavage.com).  To date, more than fifty of Jack’s short stories and over a thousand of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2019