- Admit you are fully irrational and accept responsibility for it.
- Buy a Chinese-English dictionary, select a random word, and put its literal English translation into the poem you’re writing.
- Use the benefits of obscurity to satisfy marginalized stomachs.
- Prefer hearing popular songs sung in overflowing unison to reading endless sheet music in the library.
- Vote against Donald Trump, then blame your busy self for not doing enough when the world still ends up going to shit.
- Stay in places where you don’t feel you belong and reach contentment by helping whoever needs and asks for it.
- Immediately distrust anything purporting to uncover that a marginalized group is somehow ruling the world and hiding the truth from everyone.
- Have contempt for individuals who try to show off their tolerance by forgiving you on behalf of anyone other than themselves.
Seed text: Page 108 of Collins Beginner’s Chinese Dictionary, First Edition. Translations incorporated: fully, buy, satisfy, overflow, endless, busy, reach, hide the truth, show off.
This is a reprint of work originally published in Uut Poetry.
Catherine B. Krause is a queer, disabled, and polyamorous transgender lunatic living in Niagara Falls, NY. Her poetry appeared in Eunoia Review in 2014 and has also appeared in Rabbit Ears: TV Poems, The Opiate, and The Lake, among other places.