letter, 1945: soldier hopes the war is over by christmas
yet at his best estimate, it won’t be over until far into 1946.

graded homework, early 2010s: at some point I complained it was fifth grade math
as if that meant it was the most difficult to endure.

cookbook, 1990: advertises healthful living, healthful meals,
like the spaghetti next to pictures of people working out, saying they eat low-fat.

wasp, deceased, c. 2023: none of us know exactly how long it’s been lying on the floor,
neglected, nightmarish ever since one of its kind inflicted injury in that very room.