Sunday, 30 April 2017

30. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE A PARAKEET TO TURN TO DUST?

If you want to be
immortal, stick a
wax mould all around

your bones and take the
temperature when the moon
is full. Is it better

to be hollow or just
the skeleton inside—are you
more afraid of emptiness

or losing your edge? Without
enamel, we’re all just parakeets
turning to dust, but if I wrote

my name in stitches
in your skin, would it hold
you together? We’re all just

hags in the morning,
shimmering and unslept,
but like most things that don’t

sleep, we don't have a
beginning. Mostly, we're
without an end as well.

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