Monday, August 9, 2010

Welcome

Welcome

My man has lots of words
and words and words
are stapled to his chest
like an unnatural medallion.
He covers himself with information,
oil, paper, and sugar,
a darling of numbers and statistics.
He goes down like a stuffed pigeon,
memory marked on his head
like a noticeable star.
His thoughts stay,
the terrible calculations
adding up and sticking
permanent
like a welcome mat
at my feet.



April Michelle Bratten is a writer currently living in North Dakota.  She is the co-editor of the online literary journal Up the Staircase (www.upthestaircase.org). 

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