Boulder, Colorado

Is the wry grin 
an old hippy makes
when hiding a handful
of magic mushrooms. 
Or the way strangers 
feel innocent
and accomplished at 
the summit. Nowhere 
but down to go
from there. Sucking 
the jeweled teeth of 
the Flatirons like kids.

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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