Conor Shenk

I slept on my mother’s couch.
I took orders over the telephone and
told people how to keep plants alive.
I worked in a flower shop.

I took orders over the telephone.
I gave the secretary rides home.
I took flower orders over the phone
I watched my mother eat slowly.

I gave the secretary rides home.
I went out for drinks in early evening.
I watching my mother eat slowly.
Each woman had a story about cancer.

I went out for drinks in early evening
With women who wanted marriage and kids.
Each woman had a story about cancer.
My mother dying from it slowly.

With women who wanted marriage and kids,
I wrote poems from a concrete sky.
My mother dying from it slowly.
I worked and took orders from doctors.

I wrote poems from a concrete sky.
I slept on my mother’s couch.
I took orders from mother
on how to keep plants alive.