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in my next life

in my next life, i’ll know never

to do dinner on the first date

moderate means republican

and babies on profiles

means they want kids

i’ll know dishwashers aren’t friends

to rice cooker bowls

won’t trust the vietnamese consulate

when they say three days

i’ll slice through numbers

like a food processor

cull anxiety mid-spiral

but here in this life

i’m muddling along the best i can

i’m new to this living thing

which is to say

it’s my soul’s maiden voyage

around this earth

reincarnation aside

so forgive me for not knowing

everything everywhere

all at once

i’m trying

and if that’s not enough

it will have to be


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