Doug Van Hooser

Opposites attract

I have a solution to our problem
You use sandpaper on your tongue
And I’ll use honey
You rub saline in your eyes
I’ll hide behind blue tinted contacts
You stand naked shouting at the polar vortex
I’ll gather shells on a lonely beach
You figure out why jellyfish surround you
I’ll slalom through the laughing trees
You cock the hammer and hit your thumb
I’ll suck on a lollipop
You look at your watch and get angry
I’ll order a second scotch
You say the squirrel gathering nuts is happy
I’ll snack on roasted shelled peanuts
You complain like a wasp
I’ll stand in line
You look at the stars and wonder why
I’ll row into the morning fog
You eat another dessert
I’ll go for a bike ride
You slap sense into your life
I’ll swallow the fog
You call me to crush the roach
I’ll use my heel, not my soul
You stifle tears but not the words
I’ll lock horns with guilt

Why are we at odds
Because the moon reflects
And the earth absorbs

You have determined nothing is fair
It is the one thing we agree on
You tell me how right you are
And I smile

Doug Van Hooser‘s poetry has appeared in Roanoke Review, Sheila-Na-Gig, After Hours, Wild Roof Journal, and Poetry Quarterly among other publications. His fiction can be found in Red Earth Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, and Bending Genres Journal. Doug’s plays have received readings at Chicago Dramatist Theatre and Three Cat Productions. More at