The heaters are dusty
A fire hazard considered and deemed
Avoidable however
October’s living room air
Sneaks past bare feet and up
Through the cuff of a pant leg
Nipping at a shin
Where do you go when insecure
And stir crazy?
Liquor store, tobacco store,
Bakery department of a grocery store chain?
Putting on waterproof boots
And a coat with a hood
To walk, hands-in-pockets,
To the litter-lined highway.
Stay here, let the urges dwindle
The hands are low enough to light
Some candles
Wet hair wont cry, just drip.
Choke down the pinch
Early October air sneaks
Up another pant leg
And scrapes a knee-

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