Multitasking – Ryan Oliver Drendel

as soon as you can
you better call me

 

as a cracked screen caches
a country of stolen sunsets

 

as wildfire ash shushes
an altar of lemon petals

 

as our myths make us look
up how to multitask again

 

as a computer studies stars
you stare into the in-between

 

as the lemon trees across
the street start shivering

 

as we agree to let go
of the other’s final leaf

 

as a shoeless cyclist keeps
lapping a parking lot alone

 

as we forget to look both ways
as we enter the intersection

Ryan Oliver Drendel

Ryan Oliver Drendel earned his MFA from Northern Arizona University. He now curates Flagstaff Cycle-Zine! and serves on the board of the Northern Arizona Book Festival. His work can be found in publications like Complete SentenceQuince Magazine, and Meridian.

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