Pieces of a Sequence
Chris Stroffolino


If science didn't say earth was not the center,
There'd be no need for romanticism to recenter us.
I had a temporary lapse and forgot the difference
between a construction site and a playground
but this lisp's a lapse from lapse
where the house is on the drinks
and so will promise if not an everlasting love
at least a meditation on mediations
of what mediates meditations
if not a seemingly more social world of synapses
where you only come from culture for the clash
and only found an ulcer to be rash --
& I am a rat who must gnaw if my teeth are not
To grow back into my brain.

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