Lactose deprived, small wished,
lumpy as a snowball in May,
I take the heat out of the kitchen,
convince a platoon of snails
to stay inside; outside, Lakshmi,
Rex defender of the hutch, growls
three jays skyward.
It is time to stop thinking
ill of Descartes. He never stole
my lunch money, or wrote
I hate you I hate you I hate you
in 36-point Palatino
across the parietal lobes
of the entire ninth grade.
He never said, "Never say never,"
while sucking his thumb
during a Nike commercial.
He just sat there, be-ing through
the centuries, inky squidges
framing the frame. I blink,
care for my tan, email a message
home: milk, butter, eggs:
feed the head that heeds you.

Chris Semansky
CHRIS SEMANSKY's poems, essays, and stories appear in journals on-line and off-, including American Letters & Commentary, Mississippi Review, Poetry New York, Rain Taxi Review, American Book Review, and The Oregonian. His first collection, Death, But at a Good Price, received the Nicholas Roerich Prize and was published by Story Line Press, and his second collection, Blindsided, is out with 26 Books. He also has a chapbook on-line with Mudlark. He teaches and writes out of Portland, Oregon.
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