Max Dahlquist

Rookie (October 22,1988 / Madison, WI)

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Greenhouse Effect

Your brother was a six-year old saboteur

skulking under a mattress
with a book of matches
a terminal curiosity
and an impish sort of grin
that brought panic to the eyes
of insurance agents

your house filled up with smoke

we sat and joked about the way
it dried our eyes to raisins
and because we couldn't laugh
we choked, smiling through toxic fumes
amused to death with no concerns
to weigh on our heads

our heads side-by-side
with one's fingers in the other's hair
until the heat had its way and there was none
just two...

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