Riding In Cars With Boys

Joshua Dabelstein

The van’s chock


full of tools


left to knock


against rolling cans


on the floor


‘cause the sparky


lifting me home’s


just got clean,


he’s in full bloom


happy as Larry


elbow out the side,


offers me a vile from a


glove-box fulla


homemade vape juice


and a sidelong grin


from a mouth


fulla gunmetal grey,


and I reckon right then


not knowing him


from a bar of soap


that he’s a good bloke,


as far as good blokes go.

Joshua Dabelstein is a poet and musician, currently based in Melbourne Australia.