December 2012

Real World

Do you know how little you matter?
when an ocean current pulls a Portuguese man-of-war up North.
Tentacles inject venom,
invertebrate and bored.

 
Like how psychopaths rise to the top
of skyscrapers.
Like how an orphan girl watches brown oatmeal
drip down the side of a bowl.

 
You discuss the courage of Katniss
and Mountain Dew Code Red knowing that
the CDC vitamin syringes,
administered by men in pastel collar shirts
sleeves rolled up,
do not contain syphilis.