If Reporters Chased Me
By Leo Frank
Art By Tommy Doyle




IF REPORTERS CHASED ME & ASKED ME FOR A COMMENT ON THE UNIVERSE I WOULD SAY I AGREE WITH IT

ok ok ok
im serious though, please listen:
a book told me all the US flags on the moon are faded to white.
a book told me that the natural inclination of the universe is to be
infinitely still & cold.

i stand on a tall thing & feel ok with the view.
anywhere you can think to place the tall thing,
i plan to stand on it there and feel ok with the view there.
i am ‘fine with anything.’

but still. i am trying to make an impression. i
spit on your rug & leave through the wrong door.

as a ghost i haunt the automatic doors at your
local walmart. i trigger the motion sensors with my ghost body: the doors
open & close
& i watch, floating an inch above the ground & calmly thinking
‘anarchy’ to myself.

(this doing & undoing does me fine)

but still. a book told me the only flags left on the moon were white ones
& another book told me that someday all energy would leak away,
leaving the universe infinitely still & cold.

but still. the muscles that move your eyes remind me that a small number of things
have been, are currently, & will for a while longer, be warm. our highest duty is this:
stay together on a rock & be warm at the universe.





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Leo Frank lives in Buffalo, NY
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Tommy Doyle lives in San Francisco
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