SPOTLIGHT: ‘Ink Drinkers’ by B.A. France

cocktail hour
the sting of lime juice
on a split knuckle

pink hibiscus
demanding afternoon
rum drinks

stacked notebooks
compulsively purchased

calling mom
on new years …
pouring another

rereading montaigne
… quiet joy in a mind
at play

wine glasses
scrubbed clean
my mind drips dry

cooling tea
and dog eared pages
– nightly rhythm

B.A. France is a writer and poet who lives and works in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. His work has been published in numerous journals including Akitsu Quarterly, Modern Haiku, cattails, Last Leaves, and Shot Glass Journal. His chapbook of tanka and haibun Season’s End was published in 2021 by Alabaster Leaves, an imprint of Kelsay Books. He co-authored the e-chapbook Retweets with Orrin PréJean, which is available for free download in the Haiku Foundation Digital Library. He can be found online at his website and on Twitter @B_A_France.


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