he felt the shock waves
before he felt the burning. the pain
was immense, but he smelled no melting flesh.
Internalize. smoke clouds ferris wheeling
Around his head. he thought of Alcatraz. Dynamite.
hieroglyphics on his stones gave away deep.
she had drilled for gold and had found
iron pyrite. she had been pleased. she
could not tell the difference.
when the wall came down on him,
she stood above tossing flowers.
he attempted to extricate himself but
decided it futile. he dreamed of circus lights
all the days he died and thought, “Only if.”
but could think of nothing else to finish.