Pablo Teaches Freshman Comp

Today I can write the saddest lines.

Write, for example, “Disappointed eyes

on the boredom-swarm disdain my soul

because I am more Eeyore than extrovert,

sans Redbull.”                         Fail.

I drank Redbull, and sometimes it

drank me too. Which is to say, Redbull

dehydrates you, so I don’t recommend it for non-


I no longer drink Redbull, but maybe I

will drink two before my next class.

Heart palpitations are so short; fifty minutes is so long.

Meaghan Russell was just startled by a boxelder that flipped from her poetry notebook, unfazed, and without comment. She wears boots.


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