Winner, "Best Overall Piece," the Bridge: Student Journal for Fine Arts, Vol. 14
His laughter once shattered
like a Budweiser bottle. His teeth
the brown pieces. Now, his beard
ajar & machine breathing,
he's been poured. Cold tile
& divider curtain replace
his kitchen; its linoleum, wood
paneling & warm ESPN glow.
Sandwich done him in. Shook
& sweated more than sobriety
facing that last bite. Beneath
florescent hum I hear him chuckle
at how dumb that sounds. Light shines
through blinds & makes him less pale.
Dust floats in the rays. I once thimbled
his finger, was once gloved by his hand.
His palm tucks inside mine, I stroke
IV tubes. Squeeze back.