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?





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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