Nightstand

Books in boxes,
hand held in hand.
The picture’s still
on the nightstand.
Knees held tight
and laughing hard;
it’s just something
to occupy your hands.
It’s criminal
but not mastermind.
Keep on trying
until you get it right.
Test the waters,
press your luck,
pat the pocket,
light the match,
and step safely back
into the distance.
Press your luck.
Close your eyes and
think of something else.

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