Messages on fake phones.
Familiar cars in the driveway.
The woman two houses down
has a bad habit of taking in all
kinds of strays.
Kids with giant headphones stare
out the school bus windows in the
early mornings before the sun is up.
They are pretending the music
in their playlists are their theme songs,
and that their life is like a story
with a purpose and a destination
orchestrated by destiny.
They are reminded very quickly when
they arrive that the only thing waiting for
them is more of this.
Day in day out.
Breath in breath out.

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