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Where There Is Air where there is air there’s smoke so today the game is watercolors waterbeads in the water table if we sit on one end of the bathtub and spit watermelon seeds can we stick them to the wall? I shove towels under the door and the boys ask why why towels why isn’t the air safe why so many fires and anyway why do we have doors in the first place why locks why are some people bad their whys curl into fiddleheads into brush I can’t clear fast enough the fire department advises we create a defensible space around ourselves to minimize risk why doesn’t clearing the husks of dead poppies help me sleep why do I bolt the locks when home invasions are on the decline why am I not more terrified to gather in a public space my body near so many other bodies waiting to be cut down

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