Some tiny creature, mad with wrath,

Is coming nearer on the path.

--Edward Gorey

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. Outlying Islands

Writer, lawyer, cyclist, rock climber, wanderer of dark residential streets, friend.

Monday, September 26, 2005


the tell-tale twinge upon waking
confirmed glass in the wound

a reminder of a saturday encounter
and the sense in its wake

of grinning awkwardness
(prompting a question:

(when did nature select
for overbrimming hilarity? for goofiness?)

a water glass shattered clumsily on the floor
blue pixie dust with teeth --

sunday morning a stepping out into shoes
and sweeping the crime scene into a gem-laced dune

later: stoop -- pivot -- pinch and resignation
a miniscule shard having eluded capture

nesting deep in callused footflesh
its entry palpably oblique and intrepid

this morning tweezing the slicing entry wound
into a yawning crater in miniature

to disclose its treasure to the dawning gloom
until a last indigo decahedron

lay dormant in the wound like a bark in a bath
to be plucked and dropped in an ashtray

its legacy a fading throb of pain
like a dream burning off in morning sunshine


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