thirty summer

carving words out of willows

Sunrise Philosophers – Phantoum Assignment

In November, we held hands and smoked cigarettes.
We went back home after I worked through the night.
In the starkness of the morning we were silhouettes.
She told me she missed me as we drove under morning light.

We went back home after I worked through the night.
There were two bottles of cheap beer in a bag at my feet.
She told me she missed me as we drove under morning light.
The rain painted murals of the sky on the concrete.

There were two bottles of cheap beer in a bag at my feet.
I drank and we talked, sitting in the balcony doorway.
The rain painted murals of the sky on the concrete.
We watched the world come to life and the night fade away.

I drank and we talked, sitting in the balcony doorway.
We were sunrise philosophers and the only two souls awake.
We watched the world come to life and the night fade away
and I knew that an 8 AM buzz promised a 3 PM headache.

We were sunrise philosophers and the only two souls awake.
In the starkness of the morning we were silhouettes
and I knew that an 8 AM buzz promised a 3 PM headache.
In November, we held hands and smoked cigarettes.

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Skeltonic Assignment

By happenstance
we learned to dance
we took a chance
at one last romance
I asked “Will you?”
and you said “I do!”
I already knew
what you’d do
and so now we pursue
a life as one instead of two

Cinquain Assignment

whiskey
copper, clear
burns, buzzes, blurs
warms up your belly
drunk

Bear With Me On This One – Collective Assignment

A sloth of bears
bear not the burden of the sloths
for when they swing from tree to tree
they do not mistake their arms for limbs
and subsequently fall off.

Abandon – Abecedarian Assignment(variation)

All I have known
And have been
Accustomed to
As a young child is
Absolutely destroyed by
Adolescence with
Alcohol-fueled nights