MEMORIAL DAY RACE

He’s on the phone upstairs, he’s
the phone upstairs, talking
talking to itself, a wall

full of flies for friends brings
the day to
bow to itself

in the mirror of
the bathroom within
the skull in the back
of the brain

where no one is ready to
read what appears here
now

*

he’s afraid
his ankle

is in pain
he may not be able
to do the race

on Memorial day, and
what

am I supposed to do
with his shoes
on my ankles

and his socks
inside his shoes

but keep
talking

*

it’s a beautiful cloudless blue
day today

except
it’s cold

he injured
his left

foot, maybe
the reason is

what I cannot
explain about

the weather
rain for a week

straight
vagina

*

most of the world
is right handed

like
assimilation

and if
this

doesn’t fit
into this if

then the
box isn’t

what fails
and if this

were true
these words

wouldn’t appear
here

*

I live inside a
box with walls
and when
the walls talk
the walls talk with the voice of a human

and they speak about
what did I say
and they speak about
ask me what I think

and to cook
him dinner

without
thank you

inside the box
no manners
how manners are known
by the many

who have hands
by the many who can drive

and that’s not a moral thing
to notice it’s not a moral
thing to notice it’s not
moral

manners are exceptional to
thinking and is not required
for thinking

mannerisms into shape
walls and the brain
I’m sitting inside

how is the weather out there today?

*

Are you wearing long pants today?
Why are you wearing shorts?

It’s not that hot today
the days are longer with sunlight
shorter in moonlight

and the longer people can walk
while shorter people can stumble
mom

had cataracts surgery
last Friday and the stumble
people

moonlight
people

are the ones
who embraced their limbs

everyone is short

long ones
haven’t embraced their cataracts

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