They’re squirting that chemical cinnamon smell into Wholefoods’ fruits and vegetables section again
Apples, persimmons and celery, doused in fake Autumn
Is it possible to die of loneliness?
Orange and black and orange everywhere – and the leaves haven’t turned yet and T-shirts are still about and you can risk no jacket
If you want to
The beers curl on your tongue, empty bottles sit in brown paper bags
The empty fridge looks closely onto distant lives in yellow windows
They stare back, into the lost apartment, muffled in white noise
She steps out of the shower, her hair’s wet this time, her ribs catch shadows
If Halloween wards off, what brings in?
And the odd waft of cinnamon repeats, over and over.