John watches while i build a fireboat out of daisy stems

by Elizabeth Forsythe

catch marrow on my tongue when there’s pressure on the chest

cough holy water into the lungs be a baptismal & drown i am looking for absolution it

looks like love me not i do not feel sorry for myself burn a hole in my hand & call it a


sand must have some percentage of bone or eyeball

John i want to tell you the word misfire

& what it does to neurons wrong little boat un-burning

if one hundred eggs are laid how many will survive the mother crawls back to the ocean

John an interesting fact:

the weight of the spinal cord is thirty-five grams

the weight of the heart increases with age the brain & the lungs weigh

approximately the same