“What If You Woke”

Spring 2018 – Vol. 7
by Ahrend Torrey

 

    and were 

that lizard 

            running 

       down 

    the kitchen 

wall, behind  

        the silver

               toaster? 

 

    Or

  you were 

an ant

           trailing one 

    after the 

other, to 

        that indulgent 

mountain 

    of sweet rock—

        craving the glory 

   of those 

        crystals!—

 

           How would 

     you feel 

         then

   if we 

raided 

    with liquid 

    fire  

        to melt 

    your outer 

     shell? 

        Seriously

   how would 

      you feel

 

         if we 

    tossed you 

       in the 

    trash—

   and tied 

     the 

        knot?