moving poem

you’re trying to untie a knot in the dark

the man on the street yells
DON’T FUCK WITH ME
into the receiver

it hurts to open your eyes

it hurts to lie down and dream

you’re riding an old schwinn
through a fairytale

6AM
someone across the street
is beating their dog
it sounds like a woman
screaming

the water is rising inside you
and you can’t let go

wendy shaffer

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