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POETRY

imperative moods

for Mack

take Lima on morning walk

to block-end bakery

 

pick up milk for tea in bed

come back to bed & then later

 

try to find the beach that

allows dogs in daytime

 

get caught by a few raindrops

scrape sand from your feet

 

barefoot in the wet street

out front of your apartment

 

we can wash our feet in the bathtub

plug drain with bandana & jar lid

 

11am isnt too early to nurse a corona

or to go back to bed with a book

 

so go back to bed

just hold me more

 

sleep away the day

in a circle of arms

 

& dont say goodbye

until it’s dark again

 

tell me I reminded you

of things you forgot you could feel

 

say good night

little rabbit

 

& feel them again

feel them always

giuseppe manley (they/them) is a queer Black poet who grew up in, and currently resides in, the state of Maine. They have two dogs, work in IT, and are fond of making three item lists. giuseppe has read for Puerto Del Sol, is an upcoming guest reader for Wend Poetry, and tweets as @gehnmy.