|The 2River View||27.3 (Spring 2023)|
1 + 1 = 11there were leeks and there were mushrooms.
there was sickness in my throat.
there were too many leeks and too many onions but
the mushrooms tricked my throat.
this is how we evade disease.
put the pot aside. put the pipe on the counter. smoke a bit
to unbridle the nerves. shiver it away. shapeshift through
the window. this is where the dust crusts under the
smokescreen. this is where dirt washes into the carport.
this is where you know you are mad enough to laugh at
the torrents and welcome in the breeze, but when they
knock, knock, knock
be careful who you answer.
What I’m missing is what I miss
Dana DeFranco is a writer and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her poetry has been published in Northridge Review, The Raven's Perch, and Troublemaker Firestarter. DeFranco is completing her MFA at Mills College in Oakland, California.
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