You could have a big dipper   

in defense of staying single by Liam Strong




do not call it loneliness


Han Solo never spouted soliloquies


i’ve got my chapstick & headband 4 me


a period suggests it got a partner followin after its tail


although the independent clause can stand on its own


(so yeah we been dating for a month

but yeah i’m single what hiking trail

do u wanna go to)


been thinkin bout breakin codes & which way is north ^^^^


been thinkin bout str8 lines _________ how we draw logical


conclusions


been thinkin bout what i want for the anniversary of my birth this year

(conclusion: treat yo SELF)


once i ordered a dark n stormy neat at Ram’s bar &


received an eyebrow like i was a gentile or philistine or heathen or whatevs


my storms have been mild & selfish these days


like it’s an era i’m constructing the history for


like w/o a tether i’m just a cue ball wildin to get scratched


like my apartment door can fit 2 ppl in side by side


like my tits were meant 4 hands


other than my own



LiamStrong (they/them) is a queer poet, essayist, and music critic. They serve as Chapbook Coordinator for Michigan Writers Cooperative Press. You can find their poetry and essays in Impossible Archetype, Lunch Ticket, Rathalla Review, Ghost Proposal, and Glass Mountain, among several others. They live in Traverse City, Michigan and tweets @LiamStrong20.

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