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in the vernacular
[sister idioms]

here’s the kvetch & kiss of us •• the quilt & quince •• the lull & last of us •• the pluck  • the pout  • the pinch ••

we’re ant & anthem •• candle & corner •• mist & missive •• we are ••

help & heather we •• bliss & blister we •• flinch & feather we •• gall & gather ••

as cut from the same cloth • to sugarcoat those coattails ••

we’re elated & elastic •• we’re the jilt & jump •• in the roam & rope of us •• the mark & missile so •• how to spend our misspent missteps •• a miss, a mrs. ••

it’s this current state of usthis currency •• to fit the code to fit •• like a glove •• like a jackknife ••

these notes • this norm •• oat & offal •• rye & roast •• salt & stitch •• tilth & tremor • & tether •• we watch the weather ••

it’s raining •• cats & dogs into this •• fair-weather feeling you •• dog you • doggerel •• that’s right that’s right as • rain ••

it’s the inch & ill of us •• to be unkempt & unkept •• which voice & void • which veer • vehemence • velocity •• will i xerox • will i apply my x-acto knife •

to unravel us thick as thieves •• us attached at the hip •• at the eye ••

we’re the torque & twist of it •• the yelp & yoke •• zilch & zip of it • the zen • the zero • •