All Lives Matter

Shake hands with your neighbor
as though you are in a commercial,
pickpocket love filling every square inch
of the paper, express your shame about
racism, colorism, classism, discrimination
and dedicate your newfound knowledge to
all lives matter.


Heavily edit your comments about
harming yourself as if you are freezing
to death cut off all considerations of
ending the temporary pain while requesting
help reveal the truth about quietly battling
mental illness in the trunk of your car.

Birthday Love

Make a big deal about your birthday
on a manual typewriter, present
hairsplitting arguments about celebrating
your special day while walking around
in circles, throw yourself a surprise party
every day on your birthday month.

In The Face of Failure

Get up in the face of failure
using good ole’ consistency; try
and deflate “the sky is the limit” balloons
of limitations placed on dreams
challenge the conventional wisdom
about your potential sharpening your skills
with only one positive move per day
for three weeks to form a good habit.