self portrait in progress, 1/xx

Sometimes I'm the person who looks like that person you like
Sometimes I'm that person who looks like the person you like
Sometimes I'm the person you like who looks like that person
Sometimes I'm like the person you like

But I'll never be that person

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an apology to coffee

the coffee mug is lukewarm,
signaling the passage of time
since last I sipped from its
darkened depths
and I sigh for the beans
that came all this way for
such an uninspired fate.

would if I were a royal
or diplomat, whose lips
on the merit of imagined
importance perhaps taste
more deeply and profoundly
than my own; then my
little liquid companion might
feel less cheated by my
unintentional neglect.