Pyritic Marrow

Dissolved muscle

tenderized

braised

the meat of him falls off the bone

 

A jack,

he traded boil for simmer for this

finds himself

filled

unnourished

 

he takes up all the air in the room

wastes it

cannot find grateful

has lost grace

purchased fool’s gold

broke his teeth proving its sincerity

every project imperfect

custom

he calls it,

laughs

breaks

pretends to shake the dust off

 

He is afraid of avocados,

stacked neatly in piles

knows he will die

asleep

face down among them

 

He keeps his change in a jar

it makes him nervous

it will reach critical mass

accelerate

It is exchanged for money before it gets out of control

 

Hasn’t skipped a stone in years

worries he cannot stop

 

Thirteen pages scream silently from bookcases

he cannot focus

a match surrounded by laser beams

he dissipates

 

knows he has bought these yard sale trilobytes

feels their antiquity as meaningless

has rubbed them smooth

rhythmically stroking his thumb

across the stamp of a banal,

prehistoric cockroach

nonetheless it has created this impression

has not been crushed into fuel,

worthless,

silent,

he loves them

 

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