My neighbors have the touch

I don’t


College plate on the car

Bumper stickers back of the van:

Honor students ride here

Gymnast and ball player

Two girls I know

Boys, too


Existential crises don’t rate

Stickers (until maybe they do—

Do you brake for existential crises?)


My place rests in piles

They don’t match

Books have melding themes

No organic particles (the

food stays in the fridge)

But nothing else set right


Aesthetes inattentive

To theory or approach

To dissertation on the better handling

Of things


They do it with unconscious serenity

Of their own way, my

My friends who live original rites


Small-town perfection

East Main Street


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