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February 17, 2020 Poetry

three poems

Abigail Stallings

three poems photo

EMOTION CASINO

welcome to your life 
your face changes as you watch
outside the frame
among the distractions
you are right now
a body prone to emotion 
Google Maps 
attraction 
you never wanted airtight logic
now more than blue 
the only constant you’ve known 
you’ve watched from other rooms 
you were an animal 
out circling the thing
at the end of the world 
with no end 
 

POEM ON DRUGS

I am not a desirable woman
I am a very real person 
in a glow of messages
I am uncultured as my thoughts
they are so glossy & blank sometimes 
the worst poems contain only one idea
I was told 
I have OCD
just watching myself die
all those times
like Calypso I kept throwing myself
from the rocks
I kept coming back
I’m here now
& thru the window’s grey tinge
I see the bluest fields 


TROMPE L’OEIL IN ULTRASUEDE

I can’t stop thinking
last week I tuned-in 
I grew closer to god, ethereal  
downwind of some guy’s vape  
day-by-day 
I zone out 
the sound of a river  
trees, their shadows 
asleep on my sofa 
I’m much happier 
underneath my sad vest   
let me show you the new of me 
all this roadside 
fields & fields & fields
& everything arriving  

 

image: Aaron Burch


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