a Curse

there’s water to drink from
above the carcass

& seasons bringing courage
under spell of delusion

is it winter? there are still
mosquitoes. larvae twitch
from room to room

& tadpoles remain tadpoles
in their comfortably
sized ponds

having no reason to change
they do not
as you have not

until you see long legs
step out, away
the whole thing moves

the known world
seems
noticeably smaller

& there isn’t enough room
for what you feel like

in an otherwise
happy life

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