instructions

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Instructions
Rudy Francisco

Gather your mistakes,
rinse them with honesty
and self-reflection,

let dry until you
can see every choice
and the regret
becomes brittle,

cover the
entire surface
in forgiveness,

remind yourself
that you are human

and this too
is a gift.

sip

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Sip
Rudy Francisco

I take my compliments
the same way I take
my coffee.

I don’t drink coffee.

The last time I did,
it seared my entire mouth
and I couldn’t taste
anything for three days.

I’m still learning how to
let endearment sit until
it’s ready to be consumed,

hold it to my lips
and sip slowly.