Why is everything sticking together

like platelets improvising a clot?

-Moist sea-green banknotes as I wonder

whether I pushed one-or two?-tens into the cabbie's palm

in the murkiness of two a.m.

-A duo of “dragon's blood” cleansing pads I

drag over my face to look sexier and less sebum-soaked

than I've been advised to feel.

-Those Bavarian gummy bears

consoling each other in a mushed solidarity

seconds before wet, chewy annihilation.

-Perspiring partners fused together for too long

because one was battling boredom

and the other loathed loneliness.

-Worries needling the anxious,

rocketing a mislaid file into unemployment and eviction,

voiced in curse words set off like firecrackers.

Adrian Slonaker

Zigzagging back and forth across the Canadian/US border, Adrian Slonaker works as a copywriter and copy editor. Adrian's work has been nominated for Best of the Net and has appeared in Pangolin Review, Aerodrome, WINK: Writers in the Know and others.

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