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  • Keith Banner

The Next Wave

Updated: Nov 11

the next wave

is what can never last

that smile in the back of a cabinet

that terrible little voice


a mouse's voice

talking about how much it loves parties

a bird on the other side of the kitchen window

looking in


placidly perched on a tree-limb

a beak cannot smile

but bird-eyes smile

without smiling


they leak a sort of light

a grim

glassy punctuation

like the buttons on a thrift-store


coat

there's never enough to eat

there's never enough to

think about


the next wave

distorts itself

washed away by its own

ocean of


amnesia

and then

what is left is

the next wave after that


the next wave after

that

until you understand

what you are


fighting

which is very

unimportant; it is

not even a fight



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