“I chew pain like gum”
“Growing closer as a hole forms on an old sock”
“Lingering and dancing to the sad music.
A carousel smiles in a vacant circus lot.
So too do I smile like the dead
Believing you will come back.”
“During Mom’s pregnancy, she slept sitting down.
Because I kicked.
From my mother’s womb, I was a troublemaker”
“Because I love you
I turned off the TV.
Closed the curtains.
Your red lips.”
“In pursuit of happiness, I flew for a long time
So all the shrunken things can smile”