we let it dissolve under our tongues wet from warm sips of Lion's Head waiting waiting for something to happen we drive to McDonalds I order a Big Mac a lemonade see a bush move without wind smudges from bare feet against the window swirl off and back on again my burger crawling with sesame seeds the meat has worms burrowing in it my lemonade tastes green Cory shows up it's his acid I see his anger heat waves around his head Tyler drives us to the Pink Floyd Laser show we go there too late and miss it I'm confused we drove 200 miles per hour to get there I light a cigarette stand in the middle of the compass painted on the ground in front of the Carnegie Science Center watch the trail of colors it draws as I pull it to my lips green blue red we go to Mt. Washington the buildings of Pittsburgh collapse on themselves stretch up towards the clouds like accordions the reflection of lights on the Monongahela skim across like mosquitoes over a birdbath rows of houses behind us each has a face their windows bulging eyes their doors opening to swallow us we walk to Mandy's listen to Something by The Beatles Josh is in deep sleep face to floor we wake him there are flies on his ass we tell him but he won't listen we try to sleep we can't we watch the sunrise and watch bad '80s music videos our muscles ache her mom comes downstairs she says there is a dead dog in the backyard wants Tyler to bury it we laugh unsure of what to say
— Katelyn Britton
Katelyn Britton works at Cigna Group Operations as a long-term disability claim manager and lives in Crafton. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty and Ellen Wadey. Prosody airs every Saturday morning on 90.5 FM.