Tagged: swallow

we learn to swallow

we learn to swallow
our fears, as if it would make
us braver instead

of turning us inside out,
daring us to hit eject
.
20201027:1957
y

there were, are, and will

there were, are, and will
be job losses
and minimal
job creations –
we calculate, chew
up, swallow,
digest the
numbers, but
have a hard time
absorbing
.
20200706:2359
y

don’t count your chickens

don’t count your chickens
before they’re hatched, try counting
sheep
to fall asleep,

go the whole hog, one swallow does
not make a summer
.
20180503:0749
y

saturday at the

saturday at the
pupuseria, i paid
attention to the

way you ordered what you ordered
because everything was brand new
.
20180325:2056
y

we are all at once

we are all at once
secure and insecure
about the space
between us –
with no agreed upon
unit of measurement,
we have to
negotiate every
vibration, adapt
to each curve,
swallow words
in different
combinations and feel
the push and pull
of acceleration
with a new gravity
.
20160826:2137
y

there is so much

there is so much
comfort in coming
home, a settling
in upon arrival,
tongues loosening,
mouths wet,
ready to once
again swallow
the world
.
20160629:1534
y

to swallow or not

to swallow or not
to swallow,
that is the question,
lying in the dark,
sore throat,
cold fully
transferred, data
received,
body encoding
.
20151219:0841
y

the self-diagnosis

the self-diagnosis
has been harder to
swallow these days –
every morning, the
reflex to gag is barely
checked
as if this
throat no longer
belongs
to someone
who enjoys
facing it
straight on
.
20130427:1057
y