Carl Boon lives in Istanbul, where he directs the English prep program and teaches courses in literature at Yeni Yuzyil University. Recent or forthcoming poems appear in The Adirondack Review, The Tulane Review, and Posit.
Thinner Men, Younger Men
Thinner men, younger men, men
with alligator briefcases and CVs
loaded with published novels
have their share of frailty, too.
There might have been a train disaster
at dawn, or a memorable explosion,
and this would be for naught, this
thinking what have I become today,
waiting at the bus stop at five with girls
tripping on lime-colored purses,
guys watching them, old men taking
mental notes for later, to share
over soup and eggplant baked
with beef and served with yogurt.