the pleasant burn

the pleasant burn
of the vinyl patio chair straps
warming in the sun
as i lower myself in the seat
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it’s part of your faculty benefits package

jacob says about how we all get to
figure it out together
instead of having to figure it out alone
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smell of lilac blooms
drifting under the back porch umbrella
we all meet under
passing theĀ  bowl
of bright red strawberries
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the mucousy snarfle
of the cat that’s been sick
for the duration of a year
(the first year of her life)
that belongs to a neighbor
who claims he took her to the vet
and was giving her medicine