“Irreversible” by Rebecca Watkins

July 5, 2016

Don’t read after midnight.
You never want to wake up thinking.
Thinking is an irreversible act—
the beginning of a blistering bastard of a day.

Don’t eat candy apples from the 7-11.
Don’t keep your bee stings crying in a jar
just to remember how music feels.

Don’t tell your therapist
that you are considering having sex again
with the woman who built your cubicle.
It’s all part of your networking plan—
You kiss her with glossy business cards,
You grind against her like pumice.

Don’t look as the world bites itself raw
around you. Pretend not to notice anything now.
Take twelve pills on Friday and only smile
on the Tuesdays marked in red.

But don’t throw out the option of carving
your name in the elevator shaft,
for those who are coming next.


Photo of Rebecca WatkinsRebecca Watkins earned an MFA in Poetry from the City College of New York and has been teaching writing and English as a Second Language at the college level for eight years in the Greater New York area. She has created and led poetry workshops in the public schools as well as smaller writing workshops for adults, and she is currently an editor for River River Literary Journal. In 2015, she was awarded a writing residency in Honduras and taught poetry at an orphanage and bilingual school. Rebecca has been published in The Promethean and The Red Mesa Review, among others. Her first full-length poetry book will be released by Unsolicited Press in 2017. More of her work can be found at www.rebeccawatkinspoetry.com.

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