The little boy upon leaving

the library said, I only

said thank you because

my mom told me to.

The little review said to me,

We are surprised

that someone with your publishing

history would send

anything to us.  Therefore

we are rejecting your work.

The man with only one

half of a mustache

wanted the reverse recording

of the Bhagavad Gita

on onyx discs.  The stars

were out like party goers

in the eastern quadrant

of the sky.  It was time

to sit down, shut up,

and feel bad all over.

It was the night

you breathed by my side

as if my body

had turned to ashes

of bright turquoise,

orange, red, and silver.