I’m done.
The time of me is over.
It’s the time of appropriation.
I’m taking over you and all you
stand for. Seen from here, you are we.
From now on, I’m them.

It’s a time of the collective.
Life is a collaboration. Time
of the unit, every action a project.
I have no idea of their plan but it’s
mine. The sign that I’m them is you.
You are seeing double.

We’re through with me. I’m over.
See it through. The names are gone.
Along with me is you. We’re done, too.
I am they. Say there they goes. They is here.
They is a vast improvement over me. I’m lost.
They will live from now in Bowling Green.

The entire city is in the witness protection program.
They lives to hide me.
I received a letter addressed to me and forwarded it to them.
NPR plays twenty-four hours a day.
Time to wake up. It’s noon.
There is no time to sleep.

Image credit:Sharon McCutcheon

David Lohrey is from Memphis. He graduated from UC Berkeley. His plays have been produced in Switzerland, Croatia, and Lithuania.  His poetry can be found in Otoliths, Tuck Magazine, and the Cardiff Journal. His fiction can be read in Storgy Magazine, Terror House, and Literally Stories. David’s newest collection of poetry, MACHIAVELLI’S BACKYARD, was published last year by Sudden Denouement Publications.