i’m not very good at this

my lips are cemented together
like i’ve just eaten a peanut butter and marshmallow sandwich
a sugary glue
keeping the words
stuck to the roof of my mouth

and while i try to scrape the letters
off with my tongue
they keep getting jumbled
so instead of
        falling in love
all i can manage to talk about is
        filling a novel


October 8, 2018