Villanelle

There is an order. Such an order.
Each event a word that must be read
or else, my friend— Today I woke up shorter,

sleep playing pestle to my twin bed’s mortar,
me the poor shaved meat. But no regret—
an order to these things, you see, there’s order.


Each man a crack at playing cosmic sorter.
Within each uncracked code-shell is a threat.
Today, take notice; time is getting shorter.


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