what can I do
without disturbing anyone?
can I pray?
if a truck comes to a stop
sign can I pick up the fallen
oranges and arrange them
into perfect pyramids? the grocery
stores with the shiny floors—is
there a dance I don’t know about?
I have a toonie.
it’s thursday it’s an anniversary.
last week today was thursday
and so is this week.
are there less impactful ways to disappear
than I from you and you from me?
a nothing from a nothing.
so is this week and so the next. thursday
friday saturday sunday I hope I haven’t disturbed you.
I wish more things were like putting
your face into the neck of a dog.
I am crying into it. I don’t like the smell.
I can’t tell if it’s worse to walk through
a forest with a path or without (a path).
damage done and damage made.
can I be gentle?
can I be gentle
Lily Wang is the author of the chapbook Everyone In Your Dream Is You (Anstruther Press, 2018). She is the editor-in-chief at Half a Grapefruit Magazine. (social media: @liliecup)