New story excerpt! “Alabama mix tape and a No. 2 pencil”

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An excerpt from the soon-to-be published coming of age love story “Alabama Mix Tape and a No. 2 Pencil”

While using a behind the ear Algebra class No. 2 pencil

chewed, pointless, and minus an eraser

he rewinds an Alabama mix tape so it can be played

through self-installed three-way back shelf speakers

She stares at his feet wanting to study what will one day be

carrying her away from here and then looks up at the glint of his

thrift store tarnished brass compass hanging as always

from his ratty right hip Wrangler belt loop

Copyright 2015 Steven Harz

October Road Publishing

Published by Steven Harz

Steven Harz was the 2013 winner of the international People's Poetry Contest and is a three-time winner of The Iron Writer Challenge. Steve still writes poetry, but now it rhymes and is put to music - either acoustic with a Martin or electric with a Gretsch. Songwriting influences are: John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Blze Foley, Jessi Alexander, Tyler Childers, Lori McKenna, Gabe Lee, Luz, Cleto Cordero, Jason Isbell, and of course, Willie and Dolly! Music is available on all streaming platforms - please check it out!

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