street corner anatomy

1 Dec

our organs used to be invincible.
we behaved like pinball machine bodies,
reenacting superfly Snuka in the neighbor’s bushes
going going going
barbary coast
until the smirnoff night went dizzy.
the turnbuckle strings popped,
the disheveled suit coats and all.
only the flowers fallen from the lapel looked right,
bobbing beside a sewer
whistling through the transit tunnel,


5 Responses to “street corner anatomy”

  1. Millie Ho December 2, 2013 at 3:14 am #

    I’ve been meaning to recommend “When You Reach Me” by Rebecca Stead to you, if you haven’t read it yet. It’s a Newbery Award winning middle-grade novel, and contains a lot of phrases you might enjoy.

    For example, the bit about “pinball machine bodies” appears in the book:

    “She rolls herself around the office all day by pushing off the floor with her feet. It’s like pinball in slow motion.”

    It was a good read. Made me feel like a 12-year-old in the ’70s.

    • steve December 2, 2013 at 9:44 am #

      Thanks Millie.It’s shameful, but the only thing I read anymore and for the past ????years is baseball non fiction or fiction, but I’m gonna make a non baseball list of books to read and try and rejoin the world again. I can start with Rebecca Stead and a bowl of captain krunch cereal.

  2. kvennarad December 2, 2013 at 6:24 am #


    • steve December 2, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

      but hopefully only our bodies are condemned to hell.

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