Ben Paynter

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the absurdity

i was telling sister it was
spring again even though
she knew this but I wanted
her to know it for a sure
thing, she was saying
brother there’s still snow
on the ground, the geese
haven’t even made their
way home yet, it was the
way sure things are sure
until someone says some-
thing, mother’s already
left four messages, let
me know how she’s doing
i’m sure, it’s been four
months since they’ve
spoken, even the phones
have been silent on
both ends, it’s what hap-
pens when sister keeps
going back to the stuff, she’s
saying there’s still ice
on the river, the trees still
crack at night sometimes,
but sister the sun’s back
and I saw the color yellow
yesterday, what you have
here is an absurdity, how
to tell mother I’m stoned
with my sister and arguing
about spring.

Submitted: Sunday, February 07, 2010


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