Arsenic Lobster poetry journal Issue Thirty-four
Spring 2014
 
there are reasons why we memorize
sarah merkle

were there some notion of text                                                        these needles would have
maintained

            their composure                   as it stands                   we are all going to need tetanus shots

         or at least be reminded of our own palms                            and their entry into puddles

      we daily find ourselves sweating                       under the light of bridge tolls

or next to television sets                      full of print outs                           which describe       in depth

                                                       every bath                                you ever took

     it does no good to boil the water                       or sink teeth into polished leather

         and so we continue to accumulate                            vaccine records                  and vhs tapes

using both in moments                  of warm desperation               or in an attempt

                                                                                                                                                          to stay still

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