have you ever held a

biro against the


valleys of folded flesh

contiguous segments

(some artless mosaic)

of your hands,

and seen the ink

seep between

the lines?

scars multiple

none too noticeable

the four remembrances

of a dead cat’s claws.

a gouge

inch long, thin,

index knuckle

not so deep, now,

as it was when I

was your age


means of manipulation must

manipulate something


mine had crayons, pencils, pens

then cigarettes

then thereafter their regrets

in verse or prose to be expressed


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