Milled Paper

by Patrick Hannon

Toss a stone into the siphon
and feed the growth
and lay in the muck.
Spread out with hands      and heels.
on the mouths,
Lying, wondering
how it will be      post-mortem.
Hands locked in      the cut of your chest
or separate;
like a textbook diagram.
A heap somewhere.
A man;
gripped in a glass jaw.
Pissing and shoving.
“Sign language”
in the gripping silence.

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