if i could
if i could just
if i could just get the car alarm
to stop alarming
then maybe i could just
i could just get side of mashed potatoes
with the extra gravy
on the side

i may lose your love
but i’ve still got your lighter
and there’s a file in my brain
where this all belongs
but i need to be taught
how to be a patriotic progressive

in a sense
this makes none
but i can hold a thread longer than
you can needle me for it
and while i pop a knuckle in my back
the future stands whistling an idle tune
filing its nails
blistering its feet

trashy novel-less banter will always make me…
make me
can i dream the dreams of children
once more?


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