the quiet tension of unnatural selection

exhausted
  each pedal stroke
     a word
      in a vague phrase
         spoken for centuries.
                                menial.
          mee
          nee
           al.   so the blood responds
     like an obedient hound
      but the mind
    plays old tricks
   in berlin’s new season.
     its best
   receive libations
     with gratitude
      or something else
   grateful
    for the transactional victory
     a little gloat
    maybe
   for the apparent relation
    full of the quiet tension
   of unnatural selection. how

  my balls develop a bacterial pong
   & the indie rock mix
    in my earphones
  seems to break apart
   leaving only another doorbell
     to consider
      mute.
2018


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