baby steps

tonight was the night i changed my sheets

so i don't have to talk to any people
that's why
soon, something

the father is proud
of how i crushed my
tortilla chips
on that bed of lettuce

his child sucks his fingers

the mother liked that movie
it really--under the dark of night
she goes with a shovel
to steal the most beautiful white gravel

and if you're interested [annuals]

i said "bull." i didn't even know
what it meant. the father said,
"not yet, not yet." i urinated
all over his hands. his father
died inside the minivan.

rumor has it city cleanup
finds jeans in all the trees.
shoes over the lines mean
different things where
people say "sneakers."

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