Their Tossed, Open Suitcases

in the kitchen – three sand dollars, a hotel
robe, and two cracked wine bottles – are the prize.

Sugar ants follow sticky, Pinot sandal-prints
backwards towards the granite island; cutworm

moths yoyo farther and farther from the oven’s
light to pilfer her favorite sundress.

Their low thrum echoes what the front door
already witnessed: who will stay or stay
away.

Jerrod Schwarz is an MFA student at the University of Tampa and is also the managing poetry editor for Driftwood Press. He has been published in Dirty Chai, Scapegoat Review, Four Ties Lit Review, and others. The above things are a little mundane. In his day-to-day life, Jerrod does whatever he can to escape the heat of his Floridian climate, and has been known to take part in staring contests with alligators who would challenge an otherwise refreshing swim.

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