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February, 2020

Cocktail Parties

LBelans 2019

 

And when they ask

what do you do?

tell them

you’re developing a new relationship with time

 

            Then bend forward and slowly tie your left shoe

 

And when they ask

what do you do?

tell them

you’re forgetting

 

            Then adjust the stem of your glasses

 

When they ask

what do you do?

tell them

you’re climbing across the moon

 

            Then think about false equivalents

 

When they ask

tell them

you’re filling a well

 

            Then remember the taste of tequila

 

Tell them

you’re waiting for something

 

            Then think about what happened to your 6th grade friendship ring

 

Tell them

you’re watching the light fade

 

            Then adjust your belt loop

 

You’re noticing silk webs

 

            Then think how you might describe the smell of rain

 

When they ask

tell them

you’re responding to old ideas

 

            Then wonder what time the next train might pass by

 

When they ask

what do you do?

tell them

you’re preventing a war

 

            Then think about the word binary

 

Tell them

nothing

 

            Then adjust your attitude

 

And when they ask

What do you do,

Ask them,

Will that help you decide

how to see me?