The Casualty of a Forgotten Book

by Lana Bella

The words come
barreling out of a book,
slightly round in shape,
yet sharp and angled
at the flutter of fingertips.

A quick drip of “and”s,
then a torrent
of “dust”s
tumble into my hand.
So I lay their broken bones,
like a wrong symphony,
flat on my palm.

They appear crisp-skinned
with veins of toasted brown.
A concerted sigh.
I gather them into
a pile of alphabet grief.


Copyright © 2015 by Lana Bella

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