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Life Without You

By 

Kate Branigan

(a schedule of my day)

Monday  

6:34 AM

Wake up,

hop in the shower.

(Think of you in the shower,

think of us in the shower,

soapy beard in the shower.)

7:13 AM

Get dressed,

make breakfast.

(Think of you cooking breakfast,

think of us eating breakfast,

[self-proclaimed] world famous cheesy hash browns at breakfast.)

7:48 AM  

Grab my things,

go to class.

(Think of you doing homework,

think of us doing homework,

your furrowed brow doing homework.)

7:42 PM

Come home,

dinner and TV.

(Think of you watching TV,

think of us watching TV,

“I need popcorn, don’t go onto the next episode without me!!” pause the TV.)

11:31 PM

Brush my teeth,

get to bed.

(Think of you in bed,

think of us in bed,

the roll over and pull closer in bed.)

2:49 AM

Fall asleep,

dreams begin.

(You in my dreams,

us in my dreams,

the past has become dreams.)

Tuesday

6:34 AM

Wake up,

hop in the shower.

(Think of you in the shower,

think of us in the shower,

soapy beard in the shower.)

Endure it all again.  

Life without you?

Exhausting.

Quiz question:

What world famous breakfast dish gets made at the beginning of the poem?

Pancakes

Pancakes

Hashbrowns

Hashbrowns

Scrambled eggs

Scrambled eggs

Bacon

Bacon

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Issue 17

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September 22, 2017

Kate Branigan is an aspiring English teacher and dog mom. She is a lover of french fries, large bodies of water, and tequila. 

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