. . . do I count them
before or after
this verbal thievery? If I live
in the past, may as well revel
in this day come nightfall.
Twenty years is a long time to be
entranced by a voice. The voice. It stops
my soul from deflating
under self-reflexive pressure. The voice
that fills a dark room as if
it’s been doing it
since long before I was born. This is
the voice that invites me
to stop leaving out
the moment we’re in now. Who knew.