rises

the smoke out of the bottle
rises
soda, pop, cola, coke
spilling out into a glass.

it is my fourth one this afternoon,
but I have not been counting.
(sodas.)
I have been checking everything imaginable
searching for something to fill the void.

my medicine left my mind,
but I have not been counting.
(pills.)
I will not find out until it is
too late to fix it, and

the symptoms crowd my thoughts,
but I have not been counting.
(tears. worries. bathroom trips.)
I have been checking everything imaginable
searching for something to fill the void.

my family traveled here,
but I have not been counting.
(missed calls.)
I will not find out until it is
too late to fix it, and

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