you have no new voice, male.*


*From Mark Anthony Jarman’s “Love is All Around Us”

tetanus (for Laurie Siblock)

1. i know it’s serious:
when i got off the phone
with you
i cut

my
hand with
scissors
—something i never
do—
and the blood came plodding, ocean-green
(things go unsaid,
ornament
to epigraph).

2. at my favorite restaurant, Pants,
i decide on the
special:
varietals of garnish from mid-western strip malls.
the meal arrives sans cutlery:
“Nebraska style”.

3. your flamingo
stalks me
sometimes
lurking in the wings,
wild-eyed.

4. the logic of Twinkies, bear-claws, wagon wheels:
tangible evidence of the

exitentialist dilemma,
still-born, indigestible reminders
of one’s unfortunate longings.

5. i know it’s serious:
Friday night, Monday morning.

i know:

my C.V.
makes no mention
of me.

i know, i know.

6. not Cuba this year, either.
but
Kelowna.
it’s serious.

7. who can say how
many personal revelations
have led, erroneously,

to this place?
pylons to a troubled bridge,
freeway to footpath:

misremembered forgetfulness.

8. dream vacation:
a pilgrimage
to the last blank bill-board,

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for an
untroubled
soul.

9.

but the scissors.
the blood.

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