QUARRY

When we found him he was
face up in the alley, bleeding
from the pelvis.

All we could think to do was
send in the rebate from
the vacuum.

The sound on the radio,
the bird on the wire,
the girl in a corset standing by the fountain,
the $.99 PB&J at the corner store.

All, in remembrance of colloquialism, dysfunctional.


CAT PACK BATH MAT

there she was,
consuming large quantities of cactus
and pondering whether her missing
shoe would be found under her bed
when her body went missing.

normally when a tow truck goes by,
she thinks about her father,
but this time she thought about
geraniums and jello on poptarts.


SPASM OF EXUBERANCE

"Shout!" exclaimed Cory.
"I want to see you from the inside out!"


PLANTED DEVICE BEHIND AN EAR

quiver quiver and brush
on a blotted reebok
she thought she was truly the child
of a Jamaican family who had been
stolen by an American family
and given a skin transplant.


ANT PILE

when thinking happens, how often?
we remark to the dumb squad
that, "we had seen her before,"
not sure where, but there is a
recollection involved, and
tiny bits of spasm happens
and happening when the door
hits my side of the freeway
and imagining him dead
brings the context back
to happening things, which
could include a timely
launch into outerdom,
where I will be unable
to redeem these cut-outs
and then will have to
reduce the cuttings to the
size of the speedometer.
What, what if, when we die
you can see through a telescope
to an ant pile where the
ants speak Russian?