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?
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.