Filthy wrappers with one more bite
Retreating into muddy shade
Old dogs too pained to sit
Empty streets looking over
at the muttering
Dropped reading eyes cracked words in the wrong place come up to poke complacent residual luggage in the feet little stiff feet. Old dogs make it into the house and settle on the marked carpet in pictures just pictures bent pictures. Dropped reading eyes cracked words in the wrong place come up to poke complacent residual luggage in the feet little stiff feet.
Nail clippers trimmers hit against the drain in the sink the drain in the tub the drain in the bathroom floor moving the shower curtain out onto the back porch sliding the cinder block wall open and closed crumbled bitterness. Stumbling onto shit in the muddy shade dark hidden corner nothing hidden only neglected. Toys muddy toys smelling like the sentence before. Empty streets looking over at the muttering spiked with the usual profanities found so readily so at the ready like perpetual vomit waiting impatiently on the runway of the tongue on the next thought whatever you said has been preempted by a preemptive vomit finishing with the feet of an action figure little feet little stiff feet. Little stiff feet line up outside inside the fence peeling the shower curtain cinder block wall away open and closed bitterness. Little stiff feet smelling like the sentences before.
- Max Stoltenberg