the first move of life:
brush the dead aside

dried leaves of last year

rub your eyes in the morning
before the sun gets them

you may somehow feel cheated

the words they say
don’t realign
don’t fix the way
but only remind you

you may somehow feel cheated

and perhaps your celebration is premature
maybe there is not great overcoming
maybe the next step is not more
than just the last step repeated

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35 mm black and white film

35 mm black and white film

“everybody got something in their life
they need to set free,” he sang
I looked out the window
hooked to the machine

singe the wood with a torch

“everybody got a spark a flame
they need to shine out,” he sang
I reached for his hand
across the table

cut deeper through the corners
and reduce the edge to ash

did you know the destruction of life?

“everybody got something to…

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