“Directions for Laughter in a Free Land” by Aimee Fagent


Swallow three goldfish:

one for your liver,

another for your kidney,

the third – because there are three.


When you have two bicycles,

neither of which work,

set them free up the road.


On the wrong side of the closet

put your best dress, the one you wear

on the 2nd or 3rd date,

when you know it matters.


In a stolen dress, on a lost bicycle,

drive through a tunnel and remember -

before you reach the light again -

it was only 2 PM when you entered

the other side and tried to hold your breath.