Poetry 2013 / Volume 44

don’t stop — Dustin Brown

when the sparrow tells you to stop don’t listen to him
and when he pecks out your teeth don’t stop
don’t stop even if his wings explode
or if he speaks in tongues

when the trees yell to stop don’t listen
don’t listen when acorns and apples crack
your windshield in half and don’t stop when
experts and your grandmother say to

when the disco balls tell you to stop
I want you to smash them like piñatas
for all the children to stomp on
and grind into glitter

and when I tell you to stop don’t listen
even when I’m wrong even when I’m tying you down
and screaming through a megaphone
you should be humming never stopping

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