depictions of reentry by barton smock

(i)

out of no kindness
does the body
rush
to itself

/ what have you seen

an animal chained to the leg of a spacecraft

(ii)

imagine not what I wash

but what I wash
with

/ scar, footstep

(iii)

will you be able to leave it alone

the butcher’s
creature
your daughter
speaks through

when it uses
her blood
as a broom

Barton Smock lives in Columbus, Ohio. He writes often at kingsoftrain.wordpress.com and has self-published works of poetry available on Lulu, the most recent of which he calls shuteye in the land of the sacred commoner [& other poems]. He recently had a chapbook, infant*cinema, published by Dink Press.