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longing, untitled by Whit Denton

an ache like evening, like claustro-

phobia

drowning in the two inches of water

that i call self– less because of an impoverishment of language

more because i am lazy &

life is so goddamn short.

outside, a hurricane brews. leaves

flutter like my brother’s defective heart.

(where is he now?) '

the air is all wet with clean doom.

i digress. (the ache. the claustrophobia.)

right. i was talking about coming across something beautiful,

looking beside you, finding empty

space.

the perfect swimming hole & no one to swim with. opening your mouth to sing only to find

your vocal chords have vanished in the night.

look at you.

look at what you‘ve made

of yourself. joy bubbles in your throat,

like rabies, like cyanide.

after all of this, finally

you let loose a cough like living. it echoes in the canyon of your loneliness.

the ringing of a dinner bell

(small & clear & old)

that cuts through the purgatorial wood

calling you home for once & for good.

i digress. i have lost the thread.

all i ask

please

is that you answer the phone.

my brother, we have swimming to do.

Whit Denton is a junior Comparative Literature from Verona, New Jersey. Generally, he likes reading/writing fiction, good sandwiches, & the music of Bruce Springsteen. I promise you he is trying his very best right now despite what they say about him.