Dead and Gone (Letters from Karl)

from by Penny Arcade



Karl’s never coming back home.
I read the note taped to the door.
I saw him huddled between the coffee pot
and the ash tray on the back porch
doing his best to keep warm.

You became a wallflower. You became an outsider.
I swear that I passed straight through you.
You became a ghost until you weren’t anything at all.

You found out you’re transient,
started swinging at shadows.
Distant and satellite.
Just a single revolution in line.


from Oliver, released November 11, 2016



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