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Abbie Doll

seasonal whirlwind disorder

Landscape with Sunset by Thomas Nordwest

the only thing more infectious
than covid-19
is the autumn phenomenon
of waiting for fall!, wait-
ing for that crisssp                  air
signaling the start of
flannel season &
pumpkin spiced everything
from ramen to bath salts
from tampons to pickles
there ain’t nothing
that can’t be enriched
with a shot of pumpkin spice
& once i spot that first
pumpkiny product
(however nonsensical!)
i’m psyched to toss summer
down the drain—
like a used napkin       or
crummy wad of tp
.                  down
.                                     down
the crapper ‘cause
i’m done
.                    done
.                                    done
with long sunny days
& everything being green &
i’m ready to watch it all
.                die
.                                 die
to fade into a
brilliant burning sunset
i’m ready for the season
to change, ready to change
my outfit change
my wardrobe change
my whole damn mindset
& if someone don’t
keep me in check,
i’ll put a tree up
before the first leaf even ~f a l l s~


About the writer:
Abbie Doll is a writer residing in Columbus, Ohio, with an MFA from Lindenwood University and is a fiction editor at Identity Theory. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in Door Is a Jar Magazine, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, and Ellipsis Zine, among others. Connect on X (Twitter) or Instagram @AbbieDollWrites.

Image: Landscape with Sunset by Thomas Nordwest (contemporary). Digital image. No technical information specified. 2023. By free license.

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