Things with Thorns

I bought four cacti today
four more things that I can’t take care of
it’s hard to recognize
myself in photos
without a squint and a palm over my left eye

I’m still learning a lesson
from the poet who talked about
parks and porn and popcorn kernels:
“we want more than
we can take care of”

I stil grab fistfuls
of things with thorns
and insist that I have another free hand
I just left it at home today
left it in the pocket
of that polka dot dress
that I didn’t bring to college
because it reminds me
too much of the self
that I barely recognize in photos

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