When Poems Sound Better in Times New Roman

Paige Leland

If it rains on the day your dog dies

I will want to call it metaphor


                                                even as you trap your breath

                                                in the back of your throat.


I will want to say I wish I knew

what death feels like—

if it is like an axe piercing cold skin,

or like falling asleep in your arms,

or if it hurts and

if it will ever stop hurting.

I will want to say I’m sorry,

I will want to say I love you,

I will want to twist your fingers

until they crumble in my palms,

anything more comforting

than the thought of flesh decomposing

into earth and how it’s almost summer

now and soon it’ll all be bones


                                               soon we’ll all be just bones.


On days when it rains

I like to wear thin shoes,

let the water soften

the thick skin on my soles.


Today when it rains,

I eat a banana and throw it up

in a Meijer parking lot.




Nonfiction
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When Poems Sound Better in Times New Roman
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Fiction