Stand back, I’m a loser on a winning streak.
I got your wedding dress on backward, playing air guitar in
I taste my mouth the most & what a blessing.
The most normal things about me are my shoulders. You’ve
Where I’m from it’s only midnight for a second
& the trees look like grandfathers laughing in the rain.
For as long as I can remember I’ve had a preference for
mediocre bodies, including this one.
How come the past tense is always longer?
Is the memory of a song the shadow of a sound or is that too
Sometimes, when I can’t sleep, I imagine Van Gogh singing
Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” into his cut ear & feeling peace.
Green voices in the rain, green rain in the voices.
Oh no. The sadness is intensifying. How rude.
Hey [knocks on my skull], can we go home now?
That one time Jaxson passed out beside a triple stack of
jumbo pancakes at Denny’s after top surgery.
I can’t believe I lost my [ ], he said a minute before, smiling
The sadness in him ends in me tonight.
It ends tonight! I shouted to the cop who pulled us over for
I’m not high, officer, I just don’t believe in time.
Tomorrow, partly cloudy with a chance.
I know. I know the room you’ve been crying in
is called America.
I know the door is not invented yet.
Finally, after years, I’m now a professional loser.
I’m crushing it in losses, I’m mopping the floor
where Jaxson’s drain bags leaked on his way to bed.
I’m done talking, officer, I’m dancing
in the rain with a wedding dress & it makes sense.
Because my uncle decided to leave this world, intact.
Because taking a piece of my friend away from him
made him more whole.
Because where I’m from the trees look like family
laughing in my head.
Because I am the last of my kind at the beginning of hope.
Because what I did with my one short beautiful life–
was lose it
on a winning streak.
an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference
a figure of speech in which words repeat at the beginning of successive clauses, phrases, or sentences
the usage of words in a clause that are repeated in reverse order
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a question asked for effect, not necessarily to be answered
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