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Beside Perfume River

Updated: Jun 27, 2021



As we sit beside Perfume River, I finally conclude that

embryos are, by nature, strangers.


I notice--I never noticed--your tears look like oatmeal cookies.


I’m sorry I ate that tear.


Listen to those birds chirp.

They sound like the birth of a hash brown.


We can agree that A Jello Sunrise With You is a film that at least tastes good.


Sitting beside you, I look over and rapidly move my eyes in a way

that lets you know I am not thinking about food.


I ask, “Can I lie down? Will you hold me?”


I think about Denny’s,

Sideways.




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