If You Dare

by Mark Chmiel

Dear Bella Levenshteyn

Here’s an assignment
YOU’LL NEVER FOLLOW THROUGH ON—

1. Select five of your dearest friends;
2. ask each to email or text you five of your most wonderful traits;

3. give them a deadline;
4. Collect and send to me for my archive.

But you can then regularly review the list of 25 perceptions
of your magical ways from those who are unabashedly biased in their love for you.

–from work-in-progress, Our Heroic and Ceaseless 24/7 Struggle against Tsuris

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