Never Link the Computers

getting over somebody
getting over somebody else:
there’s all this repetition,
and the feeling that we’re just strays.

by the false lake with the sad ducks,
a crane slurps drug water,
a bird talks to itself,
trees dance alone in the wind:
do they call it ghosting in nature?

James McAdams’ debut short story collection, Ambushing the Void, will be published in May 2020 by Frayed Edge Press. He teaches literature at the University of South Florida, Ringling College of Art+Design, and Keep St. Pete Lit. He is Flash Fiction Editor of Barren Magazine. jamesmcadams.org