Today's poem is by Adam Crittenden
I throw a fistful of leeches
at the wound, and this is when
you remind me that we're beyond leeches.
Specifically, we are at the point
where we need to get our priorities right.
When we stroll through our empty house
we realize that all we've ever done
is pretend to be human. We've cut the superfluous limbs
and cauterized them to limit the bleeding.
We've repeated the behaviors
of our neighbors, our celebrities,
those we call our friends
You tell me I'v e lost the ability to copy and paste
the husks of others onto my person.
I've never been more scared in my life
actually, I've never been scared until now.
Copyright © 2015 Adam Crittenden All rights reserved
from Barn Owl Review
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