Handiwork

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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