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Alexander York | Word Riot
Poetry | June 14, 2010

Everything is Living in the Lake by Alexander York

1. My grandmother sits at the edgeof the lake with a cigarette in her hand.She’s powered by somethingvery white.

2. There are reflections of birds flyingon the lake and they look like dense bulbsfloating in the water as fish surface and eat them.

3. I sit on the freshly cut-grassand sneak my feet into the water,and when I pull them out, theyare fins.

4. I like the idea, and falldeep in the lake. I’ve becomemy grandmother, and scaledwithin minutes.

5. It’s so bright that I am actuallyon fire and when I’m not screamingI write notes and leave them at the