midwestrn doublespeak dictionary
no yeah: yeah yeah no: no
no yeah no: no yeah no yeah: yeah
yeah no for sure: definitely.
certain as the shifts between snow that powders the windows
and gleaming golden sunlight in the middle of a spring day.
alright, well: say it at least an hour before you actually want
to go home while holding out your hands for a pan of leftovers;
feel their warmth through the bottom of the glass, close to burning by the time
you hear the response: “yeah i suppose. watch for deer. it’s dark out.”
watch for deer, it’s dark out: love in this state.
even when there’s a gun hidden in the glove compartment,
or not so hidden in the rack, this
is the only thing that will protect you in the night.
ope: oh. oops.
i see you. midwestern as pop. midwestern as the walmart.
midwestern nice, distinctive as the apostrophe s added to the name
of every store at the mall.
see also: sorry let me squeeze by you here it is. here you are.
MP Armstrong is a disabled queer writer from Ohio. They are the author of two poetry chapbooks: who lives like this for such a cheap price (Flower Press), and the truth about the sky (Selcouth Station), a reader for Prismatica Magazine, and an editor for Fusion and Curtain Call magazines. Their work is published or forthcoming in Qwerty, Brainchild, and bed zine, among others. Find them online @mpawrites and at mpawrites.wixsite.com/website.