grad school romance II

 

i jabbed my finger against display case after display case,

pressing my nose up to the glass as I whispered

this one? this one’s real too?

 

dazed,

dazzled,

stoned,

i paused to feel each name on my tongue,

 

 

to imagine what it would be like to touch

realities i didn’t know

had been living right alongside me

on this same wild earth

the whole time–

 

to stop short and laugh out loud:

no, wait, seriously, look at this one. 

this one’s real too?

yes you said once more,

and smiled that crooked smile

i wish i missed.

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