poetry

Me: 1, Her: SAD

GOD

the big reveal

MY GOODNESS

I mean

just a person

you said she was just a person

you said that about all of them

when you

were in that mood

and I was in that other mood

wherein I ripped them new assholes

in my imagination, grinning

but MY GOODNESS

you were right

just a person, she is,

after all, just a

person, a

SAD PERSON.

what am I supposed to do with that?

GOD

not the ending I envisioned,

really.

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poetry

quantified

how many calories in this muffin?

how many dollars for these jeans?

this purse is vintage, this shirt, I found it

hanging around at the goodwill

how many notches on your belt sir?

how much for your heart and soul?

photo shoot nightmare, messed up terrible,

shake it off, retreat, duck under

metal heart she said, she was right

you know

how much for this stop sign ticket?

how many trips to urgent care?

how many times babe, how many times

just give me a number, I’ll count till

a hundred

buck up, move on, erase, let’s go

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poetry

stone faced killa

your mouth is an automatic

weapon a full body

assault

little lamb, lost and delicate

tender meat, your

velveteen lungs

ripe with violent intent

or maybe not?

your mouth is an

elevator stomach

drooling, wet corners of

your mouth

your mouth!

who gets thanksgiving?

who gets Christmas?

unholy mouth,

it might as well be foaming!

baby lamb I crush you, hook

you, heat you up and

cook you

keep it to yourself next time

don’t forget I

know your

mouth

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poetry

this is a job posting

wanted, someone to:

massage my feet in wee morning hours

replace toilet paper rolls

unclog drains and sometimes

other things

like hair traps

intestines

etc.

maybe a smattering of other household duties,

refrigerator cleaning

mildew killing

changing a small child’s pee

soaked bed sheets at probably

1am, possibly 4 if she’s

dehydrated

maybe some errands

returning library books, over-due

school pick ups

street sweeping tickets

and also most importantly: a qualified applicant

will keep me abreast of cultural capital

I want to be well read without reading

just give me the headlines, a brief synopsis

three sentences in bold face

a nice digestible slice

of societal pie

if you know someone who fits the bill

and is looking for a job

please let me know.

signed,

a lazy intellectual,

a hard working pessimist

a young and

restless beast of

a thing,

a mother

of exactly

too many to

keep it all

a-

float.

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