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Sept 14, 2022

fridge magnets

R. Tim Morris

The number five is yellow

There you are, all wide eyes and wild hands

You tell me E’s and V’s are yellow, too—

      well, mustard and marigold,

      you feel the need to clarify

 

Your world must be fridge magnets

Here I am, all wondering and woolgathering

The first chord of your favourite song is yellow—

      a warm and heavy press of the keys

      Hear it, feel it, see it all at once

 

I’m a child, grasping at the link

between the moon and the ocean tides for the first time

You tell me cheesecake is yellow—

      New York, of course

      not the weird ones like tiramisu or passion fruit

 

I won’t claim to understand, but to me

Yellow is the feeling of you when you’re gone,

but it’s another yellow entirely—

      shining brighter when you reappear

      like the sun, if you don’t mind a lazy metaphor

R. Tim Morris has previously published four novels, as well as having edited and published a collection of short stories in 2020 ("More Time: A Brief Anthology of Indie Author Short Fiction"). All five books were published under his own imprint, Empire Stamp. His fifth novel, "The Lost Memories of Oceans" is set to release in 2022 with Fractured Mirror Publishing. Morris has had other works of short fiction published with Adelaide Literary Magazine, Owl Canyon Press, Cardigan Press, and Sans Press. He lives in Vancouver, Canada with his wife and two children.