"swollen bowels," he said
"that's all you get," then rose from hardwood
chair "I'm not a boy
anymore -- no two ways
he reached into his pocket producing a sound
like nerve gas
"the sun was a half hour late this morning --
a half hour late."
his tongue stuck to his lips as he talked
he cracked knuckle after knuckle in a
feeble attempt at unity.
he was contagious -
at least, he thought so.
I reached for a cigarette
he fumbled for his lighter with a grunt --
"when you eat fire
you gotta expect a little indigestion."
did he eat fire often, I asked
is that why his face stands away from his skull
like a frightened child.
what would he like for breakfast
what was it like being chained to a rock
does his liver hurt would he do it again.
"it wasn't for the fire,"
"it was defiance."
Causes Jayne Stahl Supports
Free Speech, human rights, and abolition of the death penalty.