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Cody Ernst | Word Riot
Poetry | December 15, 2013

Barn Paint by Cody Ernst

Listen to a reading of “Barn Paint” by Cody Ernst.

We drove and Shane had nothing for a shirt, dancing in snakey ways with hills, trees, reservoirs, and spots to pee passing. He yelled, it’s hot. We stopped for gas and spent some extra time discussing gatorades, spit, and red vs. grape vs. arctic frost. Let’s look for paint, he said, let’s squiggle heinous tags all down the barn. Holding up my cell phone’s screen that night, I watched him squint and paint with odd intensity. I listened to him complain about his brother’s soaking basement and the knives he