Convenience Stores

Sometimes I walk into convenience stores at midnight
and breathe in the complexities of their smells
        marshmallow cakes with no expiration date
        sausages forever turning on hot metal bars

Time is still

I shake hands with insomnia from 3am instant coffee
Offer an obligatory smile to the tight-lipped cashier stuck in a different realm of time as he works the graveyard shift

I walk in through the front doors
and it greets me like the stranger I need


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