Two Poems – Linette Reeman

DRUNK IN A MIDNIGHT CHOIR

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today i was 12 hours early for a dinner-date so i drove past my parents’ house four times and didn’t knock because every time i do the bird-thing in there gets scared and you probably didn’t know this but captive pet birds will die of an anxious heart attack if you chase them around their own cage even if you are trying to help / EVEN IF YOU ARE TRYING TO HELP / and most days my hands look more cage than hold anyway so i can’t imagine what i’d look like to that small a heartbeat / and you probably didn’t know this either but captive pet birds will adopt the vocal inflections of their people-family / will warble the same melancholy as my father alone in the kitchen at 3 AM or a similar scrubbed staccato as my sister’s 5 PM flute-practice and one time i chased the…

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Edgar Allan Foe

mostly poet / witch / do-er of art and magic / caffeine fiend Leo Sun / Cancer Rising / Aquarius Moon

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