February 19th, 2017: Removed pale faces [poetry]

Removed pale faces, paper creased and

trod across concrete skin, tattoos of teeth

against a grime-slick surface.

The world animal shakes out flecks of

goodness and dead steel circus balloons

inflate before her eyes. Grinning faces

pull apart into twisted rigid brambles.


Hand drawn water becomes lead and spreading ink,

the faces peel off until streaks of scabbing adhesive

remain only, worn immobile and thoughtless.


Chemicals run us through

in the cherry morning sun.

Black eyes and water turn as the train rolls past.

Death is swinging her skinny yellow dress,

disappearing in moments.


Sullied soft heads tremble dismembered by

screaming wide eyes, shivering teeth like a

punched in skull, each dripping and fevered with envy.


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