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Bookmarked (2020)

by Lindsay Reckson



The article says to be present with your children, breathe 


through your nose  


does not say                how lonely the smothering  


Says to be careful at the grocery store, outsource  




does not say           what will kill  


the hunger  


Says to be essential at work, leave  


your clothes at the door  


does not say           the weight of come in,  


don’t come in  


Says to be human in the chat, offer  


glimpses of your home life 


                                                                       does not say              how far              the unraveling  


Says to be capital, be  


worth protecting  


does not say  


how these rooms  


are crowded  


                                                                    Says to be capital, be  


                                                                                 worth protecting 


             does not measure 


             the weight of knee  


              on neck 


Says to be present with  


your partner,                   put your phone                         in a different room  


does not say  


how we lay down  




Says to be full of grace like the animals, do not dream  


of eating them  


does not say             how the dog and I  


regard each other  


Says to be well-adjusted, measure  


the silence  


does not say             how to use the instruments  


Says to be grateful in every moment, notice  


the trees  


does not say             how to sing a dirge 


Says to be in communion, sing out  


the windows 


does not say when                    the echo  


                                                                                                                   will finish