The Local News

brown smoke rises from the doghair upstairs
extra income for the lungs

gelatin bodies at the altar of flickering prophecies
routine’s new name is televised corruption

ceiling fan cyclicality a depressed indoor breath
dangling blades to aid the weary

a sludge to binge our eternity presently
to become monuments of flesh absorbing rigidity

(originally published in Fishbowl Press, Winter 2020)

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