Andrew Lafleche 

when you threw your suitcase
across the airport parking lot?
the night before you’d gotten
drunk, started that fight, swung

the trip was already booked,
right? you couldn’t stay home
after all those times you bitched
about how tight money was


how you said a person like you
is too good for a guy like me?
you stormed out of the house
sped shooting gravel up the drive

twice divorced by forty, right?
three kids from different daddies
those things just happen, though
it couldn’t be you’re to blame


all those secret conversations
with guys you met online?
how you took your ex to bed
last week, but nothing happened

you said: no one knows how much
I hurt you, right? you loved the
wrong person, but you’re strong
enough to move on? you go girlfriend


I do. and that’s why I left.

Andrew Lafleche is a poet, author, and journalist. His work covers topics such as spirituality, drugs, promiscuity, and alcohol, while using a spoken style of language to blend social criticism, philosophical reflection, explicit language, and black comedy. Andrew enlisted in the Canadian Forces in 2007 and received an honourable discharge in 2014. He is the recipient of the 2016 John Newlove Poetry Award. His work has appeared in SunMedia, Bywords, Snapdragon, The Manhattanville Review, and various other national and international publications. Connect with Andrew online at:


Other Books by the Author:

No Diplomacy (2015)
Shameless (2016)
A Pardonable Offence (2017)
Ashes (2017)
One Hundred Little Victories (2018)