Lit Issue 2019 | Poetry

Seltzer Water Sounds Like the Ocean

there’s a can of water by my bedside

sometimes,
when I’m alone,
or late at night

i like to open

  can

     after can

        after can

of anything with large amounts of carbon dioxide

i had to look up what makes the fizzing sound
in carbonated water

google told me it’s a marketing trick,
but i’d rather pretend
like i’m sitting by the ocean

so next time i need to forget

i’ll go grocery shopping,
i’ll come home,
i’ll turn off all the lights

and i’ll sit still,

          listening,

               forgetting

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