even though i’m not a blonde, i read the sixteen
problems only blondes understand, agreeing with
every word like it relates to me on a spiritual level.
sometimes, we bite more than we want to drink. not
because we can, but simply because it’s on the house.
and the house says, drink, drink and die, maru-der. 
that is when i realize that i am a ghost who likes
sneakers, and white truffle cake with a dash of velvet
sugar.  i call it sunday machine dance on hilltop. 

the other day i went to the neighbourhood gas sta-
-tion, and told the man in orange, i want to burn this. 
he thought i was joking until the comedy burned him. 
shots were fired. wait. wait. what?
i go back to reading verses in a language i don’t
understand, making lampposts out of certain pages. 
the cat at my feet learns to meow in a way a dog
learns to bark in five seconds, where 8.5 trillion
chemical reactions occur in my cells. in a minute, 
my heart will have pumped more than a gallon of
blood. and if all the world is a stage, there is
nothing else that matters. and who cares if the
story doesn’t end as long as everyone gets what
they want? right? right. 

Tanya "Jade Vine" Singh is an Indian trans, non-binary, panromatic asexual writer, poet and editor. Their work has appeared in Gone Lawn, Minola Review, Polyphony H.S, and elsewhere, and has been recognized by the Times of India and Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest, among other places. They are the founder & editor-in-chief of The Cerurove, a literary & arts magazine. Find them on Twitter: @TanyaJVSingh