the trick is
to capture the breath
to get it on paper

to butterfly-net the smell

to reroute the mint
or the coffee and cigarettes

to shovel the sweetness to paper
like you’ve shoveled it to your nose

have a finger there
lay tracks on lips as:

and breathe
what the the swimming instructors
have skipped or trampled


the trick is
successful for a minute
the trick is the trick








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