You need a flashlight to find
the flashlight. A cup of coffee to muster
the energy to get to the coffee-maker. Call
the phone-repair man with your smashed
phone. Decipher the patterns in the ceiling.
Rub your temple to undo deeper knots.
The pill that takes away your fear of
is at the top of the ladder. I gave up
everything for you,
he says. Everything that I wanted you to
she says. Signing up for the fire-juggling
requires that you have already taken
the fire-juggling course. Your face hovering
above the puzzle is an unfinished puzzle.
sky-blue and scattered. A frown is a frozen
A shudder is you trying to be in two places
at once. But there's a hole in the bucket, dear
Liza, dear Liza.
Try and try, give up, and try again. And
give up. I cannot say sorry until you say sorry
they both think. Cut flowers in the vase
their love-me / love-me-not petals. Itch in
limb. The oars to your boat are floating
away. You first,
they both think. Please. You search
outside your locked car. Where are they? Oh,
In the ignition. There they are.
Fernandes would have remained a
member of the UN anti-drought
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