unplugged

by ty

i.

what happens
when he’s going places
and you’re stuck
in a plié

standstill

arms hanging off
the edge of a
three year old couch

laden with sweat and
fading wrinkles
from warm weight

lost

 

ii.

what else happens
when it’s been years
and runs are still
calculated

fall into patterns

lessen the strain on
your weak knee
loose fits 

and land on your toes
but never the one
with a missing

nail

 

iii.

 

but

what happens
when he tells you
that dreams
expire

is that

last stroke
across an oily
trackpad

before the window
shuts on a sketch
chicken scratch

unsaved

 

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