Taking Off

By Dominic Loise

The old man flies over

during our discussion of scars

those long and recently peeled after healing

and the deeper scratches unseen

taking a break from his young companion’s bar tab

to compliment us on our private moment of caring 

crowbarring himself into the conversation 

that is deeper than a drink glass

talking about his private plane

till he takes off from something money can’t buy 


Dominic Loise (he/him) is open about and advocates for mental health awareness, as seen with his essay writing for F(r)iction. His work has appeared in Alchemic Gold Poetry Society, Alt.Ctrl.Jpg, Analogies & Allegories, Calm Down, Clementine Zine, Collective Realms, Emotional Alchemy, Goat’s Milk, Innsaei Journal, Mulberry Literary, October Hill, Ouch!, Push up Daisies!, Raven Review, Re. Collective, Refresh and Silent Auctions. Dominic was a finalist in Short Editions’ “America: Color it in” contest.  You can find Dominic on Instagram @dominic_lives.

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