1.
Don’t worry.

We have armies
of showrunners

writing our dreams,
ones where we’re featured

as skilled apparatchiks
facing credible threats

that appear and disappear
like clockwork,

leaving no apparent
damage.

 

2.
It was all one
to me—

all pain-pleasure,
all squirmy

life-death
until your head

broke the surface
and looked

backward and forward.
Now see

what you’ve done.