Brian Rihlmann

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The Grind
There’s a reason
they call it
“The Grind”—
coffee beans turn
in a countertop vat
pavement crumbles
under the morning rush
and roadside flowers choke
our hands tighten
on the wheel
as we imagine
20-30 more years
of this...
and then?
hobble on bad knees
to the edge
of the Grand Canyon
stare at the river
far below
wonder what it’s like
down there


Brian Rihlmann was born in New Jersey and currently resides in Reno, Nevada.  He writes free verse poetry, much of it on the confessional side.  He has been published in Blognostics, Red Eft Review, Synchronized Chaos, Cajun Mutt Press, The Rye Whiskey Review, and others.