We sit in silence
puffing our breath into the frigid air,
like mechanical dragons.
“So...” he trailed,
and it was the same question they all ask,
“Why not do something reckless?
I pursed my lips reflective, tired, uncomfortable.
“Well...” I began, the air tasted like dying autumn,
“I think it’s much more entertaining
to cheat the whole fucking system
with its own rules.
I really don’t have any interest in
paying out consequences or being punished.
No, I like my adrenaline clean.
I like to have that last god damn laugh
and know it.”
By Veronica Russell