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Sara Waalkes

October begins

The rain came in torrents
And leaves fell like confetti
Because it was October
And I was happy

I erased your e-mail address
And deleted your phone number
Because I was kidding myself
And I had to move on.

I put Ani DiFranco on repeat
And danced in the shower
Because it was October
And I was happy.

The temperature dropped bellow 60
And I started to breathe again
Because even though I was alone
I was going to be ok.

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If My Fish Could Speak

If my two goldfish could speak
they would surely have long conversations
about the weight of pebbles in water
or the buoyancy of plastic plants.
I wonder what they would say as they play together:
nudging back and forth and swimming under and around each other’s feathery-fan tails.
“I love you more.”
“Noooo, I love you more.”

If my fish could brag
they’d tell you about their bowl on the window ledge and
how they watch the cars drive around the parking lot like a crazy human aquarium,
how the sun shines into their bowl in the afternoon,
and how it’s just like swimming through watery gold-dust.
They flutter around, showing off the way their orange skin gleams in the rays of light
that pour around the fake lotus flower I put in there.
(They love that too.)

If my fish could sing,
they would be hard to understand (singing underwater is a challenge-even for fish) .

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