Sprinklerhead/Cassette Tape/Widow Code/Bathtub Soliloquy – by TOM SNARSKY

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The effect was immediate: I fell
For you like a dinner plate.

This year’s “stiff competition” is next
Year’s Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and we

Should be concerned. Call a medic,
Or maybe a rain delay. Whatever

Gives you enough love to sleep
Halfway through the long, lonely night.

Cassette Tape
You come from anxious stock:
daughters in the pharmacy, love
sealing the wool at centigrade.

How many woozy lambs would it
take for you to fall in love with
sound? It follows sharply through

the ravine, on your coattails like
mildew on the fine morning. His
hand burns with seeds, the kind

that fall into the soil and dissolve
without a word. One foregone
conclusion is he’s messing you up

with winter; another is he’s singing
with that wet kind of fear you like.
It is absolutely not necessary to make

that choice at this time; you should
know, though, that time is likely
to forge a decision and pass it off

as yours, without your permission
or so much as a passing glance.

Widow Code
I mistook your body
For a flood & died in it

Every decision is insane
N’oubliez pas ça

The secret admirer
Walks out from the mist

& takes you
As his only prisoner

You have four options
None of them are pretty

bathtub soliloquy


i can hear the chain


i know you’re up there


out there

at least i

think i do

does the chain connect

me to you

(chain of fools)

or is it just over here

on the tub


like i’ve been born




Tom Snarsky teaches mathematics at Malden High School in Malden, MA. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in H_NGM_N, aglimpseof, minor literature[s], ex-ex-lit, Of/with, Zoomoozophone Review, The Helios Mss, and elsewhere. He lives in Braintree, MA.

*Featured photography courtesy of Brian Michael Barbeito*


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