Will Wellman

September 24, 2022 Wellman Will



a man it rose
— William Carlos Williams


She sucks the cigarette
that gives her lungs a burn, breathes
it out between the gap between
her svelte front teeth
the compacted grey
a snake escaping slithering away
from her face and dark, black hair
as she sits upon an old green bench
and watches a paper roll
across the street and down the road
until a tire squeals.
The paper’s brown, the size of man
and flattens beneath the car
until a wind whips it with life
to carry on again.


Will Wellman is a poet and writer living in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a co-founder of The EcoTheo Review.