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Michael Naughten Shanks | Electric Cereal

Author: Michael Naughten Shanks

Michael Naghten Shanks lives in Dublin. He is editor of The Bohemyth. His writing has been published or is forthcoming in The Penny Dreadful, 3:AM Magazine, and The Quietus. He can also be found on Twitter.

AVOCADO SANDWICH

yes or no
saying I love you to someone is like saying you’re purr-fect to your cat
yes because we can never truly know if our loved ones believe us
yes because years of study have taught me that cats have little understanding of even the most basic linguistic joke

fact
when excited, guinea pigs may repeatedly perform little hops into the air
this is called ‘popcorning’

fact
that night I woke up at 3am and found you perched like an owl on my kitchen counter with my t-shirt stretched over your knees and your fingers in my jar of peanut butter I ‘popcorned’ without knowing what it was called

yes or no
being present means being aware and open to the pain of knowing how everyone else is to varying extents absent
yes because ignorance is bliss

yes or no
I’m fun in real life

fact
I’m fun in real life

yes or no
‘avocado sandwich’ would be a good name for a poem