Never forget that you are making the
news now. With superb optimism
unfollow everyone on Facebook.
Only check Twitter twice a week.
Say you’re sorry but not with sarcasm.
At first it will feel like your head
can’t hold it all. There is no harm
in drawing inspiration from the fowl
that come in cold weather. They fall
from the sky and build nests in the
pond’s muddy middle. Keep your head
underwater all hours. Inhale as many
insects and invertebrates as necessary.
This method is certainly one of the best
ways to broadcast your thoughts. Let
the longleaf pine send them to a satellite.
Maybe a crane can pull the words from
her plumage. Enter all your anger on
your arms in blacks like ravens’ bills.
Which ink would look best on Instagram?
A great many books have been published
that will never see the light of day.
They are resting unread on silent shelves
in Archer City, Texas. No one needs a
narrator like you anymore.
Lorie Matejowsky is a resident of Central Florida but spent her first thirty years in Texas. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Rattle, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Rust + Moth, Rise Up Review, Poydras Review, Mothers Always Write and Texas Poetry Calendar. She is currently a student in the MFA in Creative Writing program at University of Central Florida. Her poetic work is deeply informed by the South, especially its Gulf Coast, and narratives of feminine identity and faith. You can find her on twitter at @LorieMatejowsky.