Overwhelmed is for Wednesdays,
between day old bread and another
She drops it into cracked glass
where it sinks and stays
contained and safe to study,
like a strange or elusive bird
she has been meaning to watch.
Oh, look at you pretty birdie,
terrifying birdie; she’s caged you now.
And it flutters, wingless, in the bottom
of her grandmother’s before four o’clock
crystal that gives her permission to sigh
in acceptance as it cradles overwhelming
so beautifully, right before she throws it
back to meet the aftermath of underwhelmed,
and a Tuesday night blowjob.
[Nicole Lyons is creator of The Lithium Chronicles, as well as being an editor and writer for Sudden Denouement. As always, we are honored by her presence.]