Issue 9: Horizontal vs. Vertical
A Publication of the USF MFA in Writing Program

New Shapes

Micah Ballard

Humbly alive again
walking through someone else’s
death not mine this time
they are usually small
then you move on to the next
unaffected, besides paranoid pale
& the usual horsemen
they like to be spoken to
at random at ease
to recognize they are there
is all that they want
it’s better to keep it up
at random and not summon
for your own sake
but sit back and do what they want
all the while taking notes
not your notes, only theirs
then you act like nothing happened
and keep on acting
because nothing does happen
unless they want to.

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