Carly Xagas


Every day


I recycle the old for the new
but the energy lost
(to transform the new from the old)
is canceled




nothing at all changes
except maybe less plastic
in the landfills


but they stink and expand no less
and my ozone is still burning


(singed holes like cigarette burns
on a bedspread, in carpet)


and Mister Factory
still factors
debris into our breath.

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