Chance / Woman – by THOM YOUNG

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he gave his only son

so that a wretch

may become

a treasure

he gave his last dime

to play A2

on the jukebox


and again

for there was something


a magic

a chance

one more time

to get up

and kick life

in the teeth.




if you can love

the same woman


then you’ve already

beaten death

you need to parade

your superiority

over the masses

and it won’t be hard


their love never arrived

and wish them luck

finding a good one.



Thom Young is a writer from Texas. His work has been in The Commonline Journal, 3am magazine, Crack the Spine, Word Riot, 48th Street Press, and many other places. A 2008 Million Writers Award nominee for his story Perico.

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