Here. Take red clover in the mail box
take Tigey take soft and old
and barbed wire
take care take yourself.
Or take karaoke for example
your glasses a souvenir the Ferris wheel
Take Mr. Hoppy Junior
and his penchant for light
take insomnia laugh tracks trucks balance
beams and global warming take
Always get the last word.
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Take the enamel off the paint
and the springs from the trampoline.
Take manes and tails
and the large eye-fruits of the named but invisible
horses that follow you to school.
The dock is rising to where sky reclaims the water —
So take your stories
and throw them in.
Take stepping off cliffs
into lakes rope swings that sway in the air
your mother’s hair clip
and stockings the seam —
take no more streets without trees
no glitter no secret gardens no books
about baby-sitting clubs
no more afternoons
speedboating away from rage.