THE WHITE PART OF VIOLENCE

I sliced a loaf of bread
into twenty one uniform pieces,
then sat down and admired
my work for a time.
Now all can be dealt
like playing cards or
stored in a dry, dark place
where entertainment is crucial.

HOW TO BE CONCISE

The kitchen table's underside
is our life.
It's not an easy life.
Our hair is genetically adhesive
and sticks to the Formica.
Conversations are short
and to the point.
It's still a long fall down.
Someone will move their knee suddenly,
and a death will be recorded
in the annuls of understatement.