A Thing I written by Paul Brookes at Spillwords.com

A Thing I

A Thing I

written by: Paul Brookes



A Thing I


Lick my finger and thumb
wet them for purchase
tease apart the opening
of a plastic bag she requests

to hold her items. She grimaces,
winces as opens the carrier
I pass to her, says “Sorry.
fingers being licked repulses me.

It is a thing I do.” She teases
apart the most innocuous
of my actions, opens them
for fresh thoughts.

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