Skeleton [Shaken I download “Aura” and “Calm” to quell my]

Shaken I download “Aura” and “Calm” to quell my

kvetch—what if? what if?—after midnight it verges

extreme. In this moment you are safe says app lady, handoverheart.

Let’s say that’s true, hm.          Does mantra work as

explodes the tunnel and the train fills with fire?

Top-heavy ruminations send me spiraling again

oy vey decimating yet another night. Can’t sleep.

Now for some music, try some dancing? Nah. Still blue.

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