as you look away

Franco Amati
Scuzzbucket
Published in
2 min readMay 31, 2024

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we may all have a crisis around the corner
hell, you might be in desperation mode right now
but every wave crashes
and there’s stillness in between
you could be terrified of your neighbor
or cursed because you’re sitting next to me
but life commences
with or without your participation
I loiter a little
in the morning sun,
protected by the shade of an academic building,
a place where many smart things are said —
many dumb things are said there too,
that is the way it goes…
I read the words of the self-terminated
and think of the thoughts and feelings
that are required
to tether us to this earth
I parse the ideas of the boring and the boastful,
the talented and the tame
I dig into the flesh of experience,
the busted bellies of fools,
and the transcendent verse of saints and sinners alike
I do not care of the wrongs you may have done
I don’t care how right you’ve been either
I’d like to feel the truth of the moment
when your solemn voice hits my ear
I want to meet your gaze
where it matters most
and feel the release of tension
as you look away

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Franco Amati
Scuzzbucket

Speculative fiction writer from New York. Editor of Scuzzbucket. For published work visit francoamatiwrites.com or buy me a coffee at ko-fi.com/francoamati