The Demon Slayers Stephanie Smith Poetry

local_library The Demon Slayers

by Stephanie Smith

Published in Issue No. 224 ~ January, 2016

On Fridays our lungs produce strong winds

as we banter back and forth.

We play tug of war with ennui

like a child in a custody battle.

Both of us wanting. But not really.

I light a candle to summon the ghost

of who we once were.

The television melts into the carpet.

The room stinks of mediocrity.

We sink into the corner of the couch


either fighting demons—

or embracing them.

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Stephanie Smith's poetry has appeared in such publications as STRONG VERSE, THIRD WEDNESDAY, FORGE, RED RIVER REVIEW, and FOLIATE OAK. She lives in Scranton, Pennsylvania.