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The Dead Air

Looms

The dead air

looms

like the shoe of

the world waiting

to fall.


the building creeks

and bends

and a baby squeals

in some distant corner.


a phone conversation has

ended

above my head.


and then starts up again.


it is a mumbling,

nondescript

like the talking of

flat-footed souls.


I know what you're wondering

and you know what I'm thinking.


her love is like an

anesthesia.


without her the world is too

sharp.

the world is a stark

mountain range


and I am a goat climbing

up its spine.


or a snake, crawling to

sleep in its base.

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