You don’t have to / take long / You can crawl / back into an old skin / Only you have to know / that you’re human / You can write / the wrong name on the insides of your eyelids / You can see in the dark / if you wait long enough / Some friends get different skins / You can pan by / all the ways we talk on different days and forget / that the humor is all in your eyes / that this is all scripted / shadows never misalign / If you bend your hands / you can be a kind of bird / a black moth / You can name yourself / That Moment When A Friend Is A Toddler And Is Going Into The Ball Pit And Looks Back At You Remembering This And Says In A Grown Up Voice ‘Balls Deep’ And You Go ‘Nah’ / Or you could go with the name / Tobacco Isn’t Bad For You, It’s Capitalism That Gives You Cancer / Better yet call up your girlfriend / Lightning Is Karma’s Electric Fingers / tell her that your skin is too tight and needs to go somewhere else / Tell her that you only smoke because your uncle / The Cool One / got you a cool pipe and it doesn’t look like it’s going to rain and this skin itches in all the right places and will she itch it probably not so you should call your uncle / The Cool One / and tell him thank you for the pipe / that it’s a really cool pipe / Tell yourself that you’ll just step out of this skin real quick and nail it up on your door / trying to be something that is not / human / But this is implication / watching / some film in front of your eyes / and what is movement but a string of memories / not yet folding / into moving pictures / You don’t call your uncle / The Cool One / You don’t crawl into one of the mouths / exit into another mouth / You just stand there not saying anything for so long you close / your mouth around all the names of silence until you fill up into a cloud and float above the earth.
Everett Warner spends his time trying to be a wolf. His words are at or are forthcoming at Rust + Moth, Axolotl, Chicago Literati, and other places. He is the Fiction Editor for Noble/Gas Qrtly. He thinks everything should be blue, and can be found on Twitter @danielwolfer.
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