pause as he opens the door, coming home from work. the moment the plates of pasta are tabled. as the steam rises, speak or be silent? check the breathing, the edges of the eyes. a quick look down, counting in your head to see if you are misaligned.

— listen to Domenico Capilongo read misbutton

Domenico Capilongo is a Toronto high school creative writing teacher and Karate instructor; his work has appeared in several national and international literary journals. Capilongo has recently finished a manuscript about words that were born in the 1970s, and during the pandemic has been posting weekly haiku for hope on all his social media. More: domcapilongo.wixsite.com/home