27.1.12

A cruise liner sinks

The captain
                      
                       is
                      
                       the
                      
                       first
                      
                       to
                      
                       jump
                                                                                                      
A horror house of plastic molded faces
           

  in bright pastel colours, melting

As they squirm and fill the vessel

from room to room they're watching television, applying mascara


sweeping their rubber jewelery off the dresser, a splatter of objects
       frantically having sex with strangers 
    but don't lose your shoes 

The drooping faces are swirling sucked into the sea, flushed, refuse






Some made the lifeboats, no room for children what with 
                                                                                                                               suitcases 
                           and bags 
                                                                        and bundles 

John Andrew lost his horse

                                            There is no room for children
                     when the captain is the first to jump







  
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8.1.12

En Route

the way exhaust smoke hangs in winter air
Last year of undergrad
and all I can think of is the school bus puttering to my stop
The wretched smell of children, ages 3 to 14
plastic seats with holes burnt into them
frightening
I was nauseated then
as I'm nauseated now
walking to the last exam
Examining these
like carefully feeling the contours of a blister
without letting it pop

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5.1.12

Tell Us

This is what it looks like
poised and perfect
silent
don't breathe hold your breath

A silent doe bleeds in the ditch
tail still quivering 
a mournful tune in white 

Mom says this
Dad says this
Porn shows this
"Just lie there until he's done"
You're not to like it
You're not to talk about it

This is supposed to disgust you
this is disgusting
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