from THE BEAUTY OF ADMISSION
It’s seven in the morning & the shower is asking me questions
Did mermaids ever mistake us for wood cows?
For breakfast I ate a banana & blueberry
yoghurt / I’m never sure if I should drop
the “h” / Why
does it hurt
There was the loneliness that crept down the stairs
from the attic with all those damp
Sometimes I picture you in pain & isn’t that strange to admit? / There is something here
There is something always here & now all this shaking
Years from now I’ll thank you for the dead flowers
All these stains left in my wake
Do slugs ever try
to clean up their messes?
It’s early & I don’t want to talk
but I do / This is how we live now
I don’t know what else to call it
Joe Nicholas (AKA Dirty 4 String Orchestra) is an amorphous blob. Their work can be found or is forthcoming in alien mouth, BOAAT, Found Poetry Review, Queen Mob’s Tea House, The Nervous Breakdown, and other wonderful publications. Their chapbook Street Monk can be found at Bottlecap Press. They can be found at 8rainCh1ld.tk.
Read more from Cleaver Magazine’s Issue #13.