laughing the cold off our bones

because of tonight’s workload
i have set a 10-minute timer
and when it goes off
i must hit ‘publish’
so i can move on to other homework
and hopefully make it to bed by 1am
work unfinished
but closer to done

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the desire
to press pause
for thinking time

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today the raw sandwich man
charges me $5
instead of $6
thanking me for always bringing my container
which means
i have become one more regular
at the farmers market
which hasn’t been the same
without mango mango man
for weeks now

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fastening elastic to
light blue stretch fabric
zigzag stitch along the edge
if you could see how the maroon/red elastic shines

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for the rainforest moss summonings
the setting sun summonings
the silver crescent summonings
in conversation with
dressup documentation

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a four year old pointing skywards
compares the moonshape
to a banana

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kaya and i
blanketwrapped in
brook and doris’s back yard
last time i was here
so was gaston
and even though there was no chimichurri sauce
or sangria
your spirit
woven through the xmas lights and
gold and red lunar new year lanterns

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in the onesie decoration contest
i scribble an earth and write:
world’s most
fabulous kid

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i think your name was sasha
and your dog: nika
and i can’t remember your partner’s name
but you were sortof intriguing
perhaps even hot in a san diego dyke kind of way
until you used the word retard
as an insult

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kaya and i laughing the cold off our bones
past the guava tree dropping fruit
fried rice and noodle leftovers
plus new years red bean pie
in my hands