Late-Stage Brunch

Half the people are afraid the world
is changing. The rest of us are afraid
it won’t. The days fail so spectacularly
someone should be taking pictures.
If you’re looking for a partner to get
serious about procrastination, I’ll get
back to you on my availability. Open
the windows to let the birdsong in.
Plot murder on the neighbor who always
gets hummingbirds. An eruption
of squirrels whenever I toss something
in the dumpster. Happiness on a horizon
that forever moves forward. Eventually,
you’ve got to stop chasing it. Sit and admire
the way it lights up the distant sky.
Have a scone with your tea and don’t
think about whom you’d rather share it with.

Raised on a rice and catfish farm in eastern Arkansas, CL Bledsoe is the author of more than twenty-five books, including the poetry collections Riceland, Trashcans in Love, Grief Bacon, and his newest, The Bottle Episode, as well as his latest novels Goodbye, Mr. Lonely and The Saviors. Bledsoe co-writes the humor blog How to Even, with Michael Gushue, located here: https://medium.com/@howtoeven His own blog, Not Another TV Dad, is located here: https://medium.com/@clbledsoe. He’s been published in hundreds of journals, newspapers, and websites that you’ve probably never heard of. Bledsoe lives in northern Virginia with his daughter.

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