COMMISSION BY ATTRITION / Who's to say gravity isn't love? The landing was gracious, my jigsaw body intact but with all the honey-roasted peanuts I could fit in my pockets and this is embrace. This is 10,000 gallons of fuel to fly from one rental car to another, white Saturn, blue Sable, here clouds resemble Mickey Mantle at the plate, there Mick at the bar with highball. Imagine mountains colonizing the sky or river slinking off, the crenelated cityscape, picture 1-54321 blastoff, someone's Fed-Exed my hotel room, it arrives before me, premonition of comfy mattress, window facing fire escape, local news begins symphonic, ends with a puppy called Redemption. The Missouri Review · 45 I tell in valves, what filters, if air's the story of gaskets, there's drama they let in, keep out, and if you don't have just what it is and not what you tell it to be, if the little bones, the knives aren't removed from water before it enters your Amber's mouth, she might not reach the prom, can I put you down for a million, I'll pop to say my body isn't a colon for freight if you buy the next round. Who's
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1998
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