Issue 4

Poetry

Mark Wisniewski

3 or 4 Days


lose a brother
a job
a wife
or get hauled by an ambulance
after a car demolishes yours

& you might be awarded
3 or 4 days of others actually
listening to you
offering kindness & otherwise
forgoing whichever

competition had them
interested:
sex partner acquisition
home ownership
financial security
artistic prowess or that good old game
of which of us is
smarter

but after your 3 or 4
you are left
again to be either

a shark or a bonito

of course death affords
a last stint of common courtesy—

unless it earns you
the bum's rush