I. It’s so cold except for cigarettes I have a big word to say But it got in my eye It turned red before my friend did How did Brad get his boys? Stuffed my bra with tissue paper Maybe? I want those shoes I wore in the car when The dog peed Before the snakes, my body Creased with sugar The triplets burned my finger Adult size, Red Ryder The wind sounds just like the ocean hits the window Can’t drown if you don’t swim I don’t know how I bob in Club Soda Ash in the silver shell, she said And the hummingbirds left
II. Hurt was given to Cash I rolled this thick one Opened the screen door against my better judgement A little hole for animals Big as a heart in the Peddle steel dark Grossed out again Ouch! Feels worse than I know it is Burnt my toe on tongue Locked my arm on liver Made apologies to strange neighbors They had plans, hated them Danced on them Bolted the door Kissed the mailbox and ran!
III. I’m scared of going bad at the grocery store Pout and whisper, pout and whisper The seatbelt beep is angry Why is she trying to make it stop? Another seven days fly by Thinking about a city we used to live in Crumbs on the ceiling we liked Now we vacuum daily Every angry plant in its pot Tiny feathers make the dog laugh I’m choking on feathers A wishbone made the guests gag I wished them away Too many suitors to count I forget how to count, we’re leaving Each head is a washed-up shell In a child’s thick collection Chip the favorite, break a tooth Crack an egg in your soup all day Girls eat yolks and the boys chew white Everyone wants to finish something