John Paul Martinez
"lessons for my future houseplants"
Don't be indecisive Make a choice then catch it on fire
with a gallon of rubbing alcohol & a match carved
from your nightstand Toss your bouquet into the dryer
& set it on gentle Tell your parents you love them then
hide away in Tennessee for x amount of years Come home
with a spouse or else a newfound appreciation for live
country music Take plenty of notes for & on other people
Are you getting this & listen deeply In a week the moon
will climb & fill itself & the clouds will want your water
Remain unbending Every drop is vital There's seldom enough
to pass around even once Are you getting this & I'm going
away longer than it takes to yield a healthy propagation & I
expect you to have grown or at least have tried to
John Paul Martinez was born on and lives on an isthmus, though not the same one. He holds a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Madison—Wisconsin. His work has appeared in Gone Lawn and 100 Word Story. He is currently writing away at his first chapbook.