Tagged: digestive system

there were, are, and will

there were, are, and will
be job losses
and minimal
job creations –
we calculate, chew
up, swallow,
digest the
numbers, but
have a hard time

when they told me that

when they told me that
in the future, books would come
in tablets, i imagine
the sucking kind, stories
distilled, collected,
to be held on
the tongue, moved
around in one’s
mouth, maybe slowly
turned, chewed.

the reader becomes
the taste tester, hanging
onto each chapter –
like Texture, Temperature,
Viscosity, Grittiness, and
Palatability. even
before the swallow,
odds are in the story’s
favor for unlocking
interlocking systems

when your body senses

when your body senses
you’re on the run, things
shut down in order from
lowest to highest
priority. regardless of
real or imaginary
danger, systems lift
salt from that wound,
give your heart a chance