things to talk about or ignore

you make me uncomfortable:

six hundred fish washing up on the beach

mouths agape, drowning on air

birds without beaks, the pebble in my eye

his misplaced synonym, water boiling over

the pot full of seed, an itchy sleepless night;

her, dreaming in black and white, the spray

from a stranger’s sneeze, the last ten minutes

of an aching long flight; a paper cut, five paper

cuts, hitting send too fast, a slow cloud, an

overdone bagel, a whisper i can’t quite hear,

loud music from someone else’s party, a fight

before bed, something sticky, your cigarettes

and your cat, the letter that never arrived;

the rain, when it falls just because it can

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