Mon, 05/30/2016 - 20:54 -- macfmck

Nothing has been pretty

since I switched to contacts,

since I stopped picking petals for love,

but rather to roll and inhale them

once they’re dried and tinged

with nostalgia.


It starts from innocent things:

Fire was for s'mores.

Now the only things smokey

are my black lungs when I drive

in the backwoods,

where the boys used to go.


The optometrist asks me

to read the letters on the wall.

I gaze at the box of light

and say raspberry, sailboat, time.

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