by Mary Paterson




My friend says that hostels are free.

My friend says they share the bow-legged

dogs like props, for better begging.


I too

lie for money.


Just this morning

I was fully committed to meeting quarterly targets.

I have been passionate about sustainability

for twenty years.


The trick

is to kiss the words at the moment of speaking them,

like wishes.


The air is thick

with such affections;

each one a perfect

oily sphere.



I know you can see through it

but don’t pretend it doesn’t change the shape of things.

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