I am the remainder.
that “Merry and Bright” that
whispers from shrunken windows
of overcrowded shops.
your grievances scurry to the edge
of a lopsided bed :: and rainfall
writes hurried speeches, made
heavy but not too pedantic, thanks
to the stutter that feeds the dead.
midnight comes too frequently,
and I throw away the last of my
birthday matches, those gracing
pastel cakes, lemon icing crying
that it’s so unfair, the dry center.
I pay them my retainer.
that dark “I promise” that
flings itself from tired shingles
onto many an unwashed car.
Cat No. 134 of the 500 Cats Project