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uncle John rolls his eyes when he sees the snake tattoo
on the bottom of his foot.
how had it gotten there?
aunt claire looks at her reflection in the mirror
above the bed and lets out a loud sigh.
choir practice would end early that day.
grandma call the fire department
because there is a cat stuck up in a tree,
but hangs up when they ask her name
realizing it’s really the cat’s problem not hers.
nobody bothers to ask how dad’s job interview went
when he returns home drunk in his boxer shorts.
this kind of thing and behavior is not at all uncommon
in families, but no one ever talks about it publicly.
which is good, because I don’t want to hear about it.
it’s the moon not the shadows
that makes you lie awake at night
or so you tell yourself until they’re gone
they pull the stars from the sky at dawn
but the next night they’re back again
they are what could have been done with time
we only see them in the light of years
they are shadows