by Shawn Misener

“rain is never steady EVER

and somebody lied when they

served you that improbable taco”

you were lecturing me, muffled and

tucked into the sapphire booth

like a folded and forgotten grocery list

from deep inside 

my voice bubbled up 

and I yammered out your honorifics

...ending with “to infinity infinity”

so no one could overtake

your sad teal shadow