You could have a big dipper   

It Ain’t What it Ain’t, My Friend by James Diaz







The first bit of sky

you get lost up in


is like this ticker tape

cut inside you somewhere


young and in pain

you wait for things


that are only revealed

after you go through it


oh, you’ve been through it

I can see that


I’ve got eyes for this sort of thing

but I just want you to know


that despite what you’ve learned so far

it does get better


you can mend broken fences

you can unburn those bridges


what you don’t put right

will put you right


here, where you are

just start small


and then remember that sky

Goddammit, remember why.



 

James Diaz (They/Them) is the author of This Someone I Call Stranger (2016, Indolent Books) and All Things Beautiful Are Bent (2021, Alien Buddha Press) as well as the founding editor of the literary arts and music magazine Anti-Heroin Chic. They live somewhat deep in the woods in upstate New York. @diaz_james



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