THE ROMANTICS

GLORIA MUÑOZ

We are high and eating everything:…………..a Costco bag of Chex Mix,
a jar of olives.…………….There’s a mountain of…….foil between us
in bed ………from mouthfuls of Kisses. ………We three,
asleep on our trash, …………….brimming ………..like subway rats ……..after a baseball game.
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We are high and eating……..
the tangerine tangerine sunrise ………..consuming
our paranoid shoulders……………. as we bury each other ……………again
…………….…………….…………….…………….…………….……………………….again
…………….…………….…………….…………….…………….…………….again …………again in the sand.
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We are high and eating: amp feedback, sweat, the band’s emo harmonies.
Nicotine sticks to our hairs. ………The syrupy bass pours
…………………………………………………..through us,
…………….…………….…………….…………….we’re a uniform stack
…………….…………….…………….…………….
of buttermilk pancakes.
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We are high………… and eating our fingernails………in front of our parents at mass,
school plays, holidays, and graduations. ………………They were all born in other
countries.
…………….…………….We’re supposed to be better than this. ……..We sneak into
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…………….…………….…………….…………….…………….…………….……………the kitchen window
…………….…………….…………….…………….…………….…………….……………we prop open with
…………………………………………………………………………………………………a silent sponge.
…………….…………….…………….…………….…………….……Each silver soap bubble hushes
…………….…………….…………….…………….…………….……….si
…………….…………….…………….…………….…………….…………….………si …………….si
…………….…………….…………….…………….…………….………………..as we slide
…………….…………….…………….…………….…………………over the sink
…………….…………….…………….…………….…………………and into a slumbering house.
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We are high and eating Milk Duds
at another midnight screening………….of the Matrix.
Neo is dope …………….but idiotic. ……..We bend
like three melting spoons
…………….………………….around each other,
…………….………………….pretend we are dreaming.
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We are high and eating everything ………..with our legs hanging off the jetty,
bioluminescence climbs our calves…….as smoke inhales us. …………….…….Aglow.
Aglow. …………..We’re into the romantics……………. and decide we won’t make it
past 25. We promise to marry each other …………….if we’re too afraid
of everyone else. …………….Our heads rest on the dock………… night blooms over us.

GLORIA MUÑOZ is a Colombian-American writer and translator. She is the author of Your Biome Has Found You and Danzsirley/Dawn’s Early, which was selected for the Academy of American Poet’s 2019 Ambroggio Prize and is forthcoming from ASU’s Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe in 2020. She was recently part of the inaugural Tin House YA Writers Workshop. Gloria teaches creative writing at Eckerd College.