the pleasant burn

the pleasant burn
of the vinyl patio chair straps
warming in the sun
as i lower myself in the seat
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

smell of lilac blooms
drifting under the back porch umbrella
we all meet under
passing the  bowl
of bright red strawberries

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

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