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A week 

and a half 

after 

I turn 

19

I see more worms 

than 

had 

seen 

collectively

ever

previously 

in 

my 

entire 

life.

I’m sad 

that 

so 

many 

are 

flat.

 

About 

and a half 

years 

later, 

I see about as many worms 

outside a different dorm. 

I watch 

one 

or two 

on the puddle-riddled sidewalk.

They move faster than you’d expect. 

I care more 

that my raincoat is too short.