Beauty

Your beauty glows
like the sushi I left in the fridge
for four and a half weeks
before I found it hiding
behind a jar of mayonnaise

I still haven’t
had the courage to throw it out

It haunts me
that sushi
haunts my thoughts
and stokes my fears

Maybe if I ignore it
it will eventually go away

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Bear

The bear did not
go over the mountain
the bear did not
go over the mountain
the bear did not
go over the mountain
and thus was spared
a great deal of disappointment

Butterfly

My broom is in your picture frame
like a butterfly trapped in a thunderstorm
and you must cherish my broom
and chastise it
and take it out to dinner
until it bows before the king under the mountain
and eats only popcorn for breakfast
only that
always that
forever