Heavy Winter Coat by Cody Lumpkin

 

It hangs on a rack, a depressed roommate
who watches everything and judges me.

After a couple of winters, it’s so out of style.
All those zippered pockets I could never fill.

With money spent on other things, I dress
myself in this suitable warmth. My hands

discover lost gloves, a five dollar bill, receipts
to things I thought would make me happy.

 

CODY LUMPKIN is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Marshall University, where he teaches film courses on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, and James Bond. He has had work published recently in Prairie Schooner and Weber: The Contemporary West.