then we can’t run. then we back up without looking. we hit the gas. we look at the damage from a safe distance. we wouldn’t want the damage to get us. then we talk like we are yawning. we cover faces at a safe distance. we hit a ball but do not touch it. with our hands up we are snitches. we tell the kids that green is forbidden. then we are crying so they know what that is in comparison to something else. then we continue to focus. then we gain a hundred pounds of muscle around our hearts. we lose the weight of people and gain the weight of air. we check damage at a safe distance. we wouldn’t want the damage to get to us—it is from a fire. we check the rearview and side mirror for disaster. we clip under our fingernails. we are allowed to breathe. we look like we are yawning. then we look up. we do not cross the roads. we look left and right only to remember. we shit ourselves in our own houses. we think about balloons. then we think about balloons. we wouldn’t want to damage them. then we go to the ocean and it feels good in our wounds. we drink just a little of its water then wipe the rearview and backlight and tongue and the ball. then our ears hurt and we cough—it is only from the fire.
pizza pie lightning [one]
i would set my hair on fire and hump the chair. once i was on fire and rolling around and it felt great. now I have chlamydia.
human teeth on hydraulic press is my favorite video on YouTube. it reminds me of when i am younger
there is this room i remember in this house i was in. there are several blow up decorations but they are hard
because i made them up. the grabbers move them to the attic without much care. rolling down,
lying like the way getting eaten to death feels when you roll down a flat hill with your enemy’s
interests in mind. when you’ve grown up and even still keep a chain on your wallet.
Angelo Maneage is a graphic designer, writer, and other. He has work on or in Hobart, poets.org, Ghost City Review, Inverted Syntax, and around other places, like the garbage. He is half of Long Long Journal and an editor at BARNHOUSE. He lives in rural Northeast Ohio. Tweets @angeelio, pics @lordangeelioagain.