at Omni

   There are limits

to the five, mortal senses.

    There are no limits

beyond.

at omni salon
karen knows everything,
has an opinion on anything, —

the penal system, the color of spring,
the mortgage rates, take your first offer,
does that make her brash
she wants to know?
she quickly moves on to
the next topic, —

karen’s at peace
with her mom after what she saw
do you believe?
karen queries
for two milliseconds
and continues, —

we weren’t voice talking,
mom and i,
we were talking with our minds
do you know what i mean?
we all shake our heads
up and down about visitors
who come to say
you’ve got to move on
i’m at peace, not in pain, —

and in karen’s case, it’s not what you think
it was a willing overdose
to which karen said, okay then!
ever since she’s been getting out of bed,
brushing her hair, coming here to Omni
talk, talk, talking, —

in voice talk for us bobble-head believers
listening to her go on while she gets her nails done
in whatever luminescence best befits eternity’s bloom, —

21: NaPoWriMo and Real Toads

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20 thoughts on “at Omni

  1. The image of listeners that are “bubble-head believers” causes all kinds of reactions inside me, especially when the talker cares little about the ears feeding on her blah-blah-blah. Timely.

  2. Such an incredibly potent and feisty write, Angie! Especially love the closing; “in voice talk for us bobble-head believers listening to her go on while she gets her nails done in whatever luminescence best befits eternity’s bloom.” Beautifully done.

  3. Holy cow. I love this whole thing from start to finish, but this line:
    “in whatever luminescence best befits eternity’s bloom” …I am now seeing her choosing colors as if they are life or death, butterfly effect or the very essence of momentum itself. Whew.

  4. Sounds like there’s a scream underneath the relentless blather – if only she would stop long enough to take a deep breath and let it out.

  5. i go to a barber run by hipsters, where they spin 50’s records and play backgammon between clients, and the talk is of sports and what stupid or fun thing some friend of theirs did the week before… 🙂

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