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in case of power outage use elevator (originally published by PEREGRINE MAGAZINE, AMHERST WRITERS & ARTISTS, Spring, 2003)

hot coffee kissed her lap
sharks swam
in the green crisp sea

androids without face,
we

pedestrian crossing
crosses up crossing guard
against emissions

wet floor
be careful
due to the shortage
of cerebral fortitude

as we swim in our
wet floors
dream in our wet dreams
swim in our wet dreams
we are not worthy
lettered literate
worldly
wise
smart sharks,
we

unshielded electricity
is like the howling of dogs
play with it
grasp it like there’s no tomorrow

            and

in case of power outage
use elevator

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