A Certain Type of Decisive

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Just your unfriendly neighborhood disaster, bringing you bi-weekly updates from the bottom of my own shoe!

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Fresh veggies in wooden boxes-- how charming! Too charming, I would think. Somethings not right here, I can sense it.

Hold Your Breath

November 18, 2020

The hand sanitizer's dry, but
I rub my hands together until they stick 
Fusing
I hold my own hand
Because I can't hold yours
"Everyone hold your breath--
This one's with no masks!"
We take the picture, but we don't pass the phone
Head to heart to shoulder to shoulder
I'm no Catholic
But I'll pray for you
Everybody's googles hanging up on the fence
Since the swim coach died last June
I don't think they'll ever find the nerve to take them down
The hand sanitizer's dry, but
It still stings
And I keep it to myself
I hold my own hand
Hold your breath when I sneeze--
It's just the bright lights!
We take communion, but we don't pass the plate
You know, I've never seen what your lips look like--
Every lunch table's a suicide pact
A promise written in breath, not blood
If you get it, we all get it
Talk a little louder please,
My words get caught up in filters
Fusing
Mezuzah in the doorway,where we hang our masks
I'm not Jewish, but I'll pray for you
My hand sanitizer's dry
But I'm still rubbing my hands
I don't know what to do with them anymore
Every business is a covenant
But we're not drinking blood and wine
It's our own breath
That we keep to ourselves
We hold our hands
On the bus becase there are no seat partners
I say thank you
But no one ever hears me
And I turn away when I drink
I'm not sick
But I'll pray
And I'll keep it to myself

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5 Comments
  • lochnessie

    wow, this is brilliant


    10 months ago
  • Starlitskies

    Wow! This is so powerful. Each line hit me so hard. You've told it as it is and you've told it beautifully. :)


    10 months ago
  • pyrrhic

    this is so good... it really encompasses the entire mood of how everyone's been feeling. you did a great job with this!


    10 months ago
  • Anne Blackwood

    This quite intriguing. Like tas said, it's disjointed in a cool way. Oh and your message box just shaded my friend's entire life XD.


    10 months ago
  • tas (yellowbrickrd)

    wow... this is incredible. the way you show how things are now, in a sort of disjointed fashion. the writing style is perfect: disconnected, just like all of us.


    10 months ago