“Upstairs/Downstairs”

Gamzat model Shayenne-dancer
adjust light, baby-talk doggie 
for moment, normal Insta-life dog

as

nameless packs fruit boxes
kids’ puppets and a jar of pennies
half-used and her mother feeds
a hapless baby — television 
behind heartbreak, some show...

as

strand of hair wet
pushed to place and eyeliner
draw more deep angle —
Gamzat make Shayenne 
laugh humping air with sexy

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that stupid child starts crying
which makes Abuelita start
and nameless pushes back 
falling hair and looks out the
window and wants to 
throw a dead plant

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Gamzat pull shirt off
muscles and say Insta-girl:
“Couch — 2148 like!”
wait flash and go both to kitchen
no shirt for to put dish in washer
Shayenne-dancer swallow banana, 
look like monkey and laugh

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why can’t they just close the blinds?

From I Can See You — A Collection of Neighbors.

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