New Apartment

by Hillary Kobernick

pour a coffee               today               fucking it up
like you always do                 you thing
not working                in a coffee bar              you
desolate lack of accomplishment             you
            lack of breakfast table                       banter
you winner          of the prize Being Human
     in this house                with no competitor

this home part               impossible to memorize
  cacophony of alone              part
            stir fry                          scent of something
with a will                  to live                   this bit
this space         in between                    the living
            sex         subway           work      beings
    this is what you survive                   what you
reheat                          breakfast after breakfast

still here                      still being             lonely
             only thing                   only living
                                      here

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