Ted Powers

from PLEASE LIGHT UP

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I jumped over a fence.
Cool, come on in
it said. It was a fence
around a strip club.
I didn’t understand it.
I was bored by the fence
and the strip club.
I told the fence so.
Go kiss a face,
it said. But I didn’t want to.

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When I say night is blooming
I am trying to fool you.
I am content
to hold on to it
that picture I have of you
that I don’t really like.
People are outraged by this.
They want to put an asterisk
next to my name.

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Everything is a confusion
of letters. We are
more quiet than normal
monsters The stairs we
collide on make us
the bruised people
we see in mirrors
yet we don’t go there
to pay homage.
There are places
for people like us,
large square rooms
with elaborate sky lights
and terrible weather
or under certain lamps.

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I’m drawing this picture of you
because I can’t help it.
Here is your nose that demands
to be drawn and your mouth
that says things
with great emphasis.
Your distaste for me
is in your eyebrows
which I am presenting here
just above your eyes which
I looked for sailboats in
and instead saw eyes.
Two if we are to be
exact. My distaste for me
is also in my eyebrows.

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We all have our reasons
for swinging at the piñata,
not one of which will be discussed here.

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‘We could live in your pillow fort.’
By the time it was finished
she had forgotten who I was
and would not acknowledge me
in public. It stung to be removed
from another’s memory
and to feel that my own memory
was a large tract of dust and leaves.
On each leaf the tree wrote: Oops

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