Extinction

Close to our family
there is no world

where pupils dilate
only footprints from

miles of sleepwalking
back-and-forth between

friendly demeanor and
the value of sushi

as we meander
past untold stories

that de-verbalize our
ambivalence.

Dane Karnick grew up by the Colorado “Rockies” and lives near Seattle. His poetry recently appeared in Alba, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Poppy Road Review, Pastiche Magazine and is forthcoming in The Bookends Review. Visit him at http://www.danekarnick.com.

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