Ashley’s 23

 

Close your hand into
a fist, count—1, 2—and
wrap your fingers
around themselves—3
4, 5, 6—now close your
eyes tightly—7, 8
9, 10—until you see
sparkles stars
planets under
eyelids—11, 12, 13
—with a small breath
—14, 15—blow the hair
sideways from where
it lay on your cheek—16
17—and imagine
in your empty—18, 19
—fist, that those things;
all none of them—20, 21—are
everything you—22—can’t
—23—do.

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