Wednesday, September 13, 2023

alternate endings

I've heard living can change you
not living is like a group project 
where you are just a small name 

defeat meets grief, and they feast
on the dark seated in your mouth
and in the phones you yell into

in languages you always lip-sync
to arguments whose timelines 
sit six feet under the future 

I bet I could dream better than this
I could get to know myself
I could know I was safe 
Pic: Calendula? Cone flowers? By MSU Beal Gardens. Nice story on the 150th anniversary of Beal Gardens today on the radio. 


StephLove said...

In the first stanza does "not living" mean not living life to its fullest or being literally dead? I kind of like the idea of all the world's dead collaborating in a group project (of being dead), but I'm not sure that's what you meant.

maya said...

Steph--Honestly, I was just thinking of the latter (a group project where one does nothing)... but I LOVE the complexity your first interpretation brings!

Blessings on you for reading so thoughtfully <3.

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