Joe used to live in a tree
by the school and slid down insults
my slow head couldn’t throw back.
Didn’t someone fuck a cat in a tree?
Which tree. Did we add the tree part?
We took breaks from masturbating
to kill the boy who got caught.
Mike lived in his girlfriend
and they lived together after school.
Now Joe lives in the big red house
and his brother lives inside
a painting in the hallway
with a bloody nose. They hear me
try to learn the clarinet
and go straight to the record store
and own it, put up signs NO CLARINET.