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Tendrils


by Kitty Boots


these thoughts
invasive tendrils
at the wrong time
catch you off guard when you think you're steady

the smell of gardenias
the day on the calendar, it was a Friday
don't remember the month

and New Year's Eve, a joke
midnight on a Saturday
5:00 am on a Sunday

a night on the riverbank
a day on the creek
a desperate drive to the ocean

a toast to the dead
because
the metastasis is nothing
you're still 
you


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