And They Lived

Taije Silverman

Fall 2017

I want a story to keep me company while you stare at your phone in bed.
Any story. That a man named Solon planned the whole city of Athens
while in love with his mother’s friend’s son. He broke his hand once
trying to catch a turtle which had slipped from the roof of a temple

is what I want to be told while you play scrabble against any number
of people you haven’t seen in years. Exist for forty points
links to stop for twenty-five which you drop into tranq for its q worth
at least half the house. Slang for a person or thing

that will act as a sedative. Tonight after watching three episodes
of a television show about Russian spies with perfect American accents
I ask if you like peanuts and you say you love p

Taije Silverman's book Houses Are Fields was published in 2009; her poems are in the 2016 and 2017 editions of Best American Poetry.

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