Open your eyes to the insults
That you can feel today
They're on display
Like a look on a face
When misplacing a pronoun

Color the odd end of August
And then exaggerate
The subtle ways
That an idiot act
Can erase all order

Come up with clouds
Lace the past with malaise
Stuff up the cracks
in between each good day
Rescue a want from its active evading

We could at least
Be deceased, now couldn't we?
We could move on
We're the ones now boarding
We could ignore every call or recording

Open your eyes to the anger
And then incorporate
A little hate
When you're called on to rate
What a peer is performing

Pass the baton
Well, someday
First, we'll defecate
And urinate
And give it a swish
In the still-warm mixture

I belong
so far from home
where I'm exposed
to words that can cut,
rebirth, and reshape you


from The Winking Badge, released December 13, 2018


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