Still Dreaming by Josh Levario

the appearance of choice is the killer.
within its grasp, anything is possible.

I can treat the sky as pink,
water is gray, or grey.
that unhealthy habit is a piece of a ten-step guide that will net you eternal sleep,
what everybody needs.

my alarm clock won a grammy award,
its acceptance speech was cut short by a fierce hand.
the monotony,
the sameness,
it’s an ocean of fish and we do not sparkle.

I choose not to follow these currents, I am unafraid to fight these rapids.
my sky is pink,
water is gray or grey.

I’m the shark.
I’m the fierce hand.
I am your death wish,
handed to you on a silver platter.

but do not call me the buddha,
I have not been awakened,
my ego lives on.

I choose to hit snooze.


Josh Levario is an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at San Antonio currently studying English and Film. His work has been published in the American Journal of Poetry as well as the online journal Anxious Poets Society.

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