Clippings and Trimmings

I watch her cut
her nails
in one day.

Upon asking her why,
“I don’t want
any words
caught under
my nails.”
is all she says.

Now she
has published
four books,
which is four more
than me,
and spends her time
pining for colder days
even though
she’d never be caught
out of a summer dress.

She doesn’t drink
so when I ask her
how she writes,
she just pulls out
her nail clippers
and stares
while she



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