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Micropoetry by Graham W. Henderson | #thesideshow

AN AFTERNOON CHORE

unearth the remains of ancestors
with cares folded up and bestowed
like an estate upon the living. call
me when you’ve got a skull. when
you’ve found the perfect, round, grin
ning skull. send me a pic of the skull.
send me a voice memo of femurs
drumming on ribs. is that it, really?
it’s not like marimbas at all. just like
a toddler running with a clicking
wooden alligator on a string.

K-MART

sell me something.
i’m looking to be sold to,
dammit!
what?
you don’t have anything?
a Dirt Devil handheld vacuum?
an Animal Crossing themed 3ds xl?
a pack of green apple
golden pineapple
flavored trident layers?
i’ll post on facebook
asking everyone to sell
to me if you won’t do it.

come on,
sell to me,
baby.
sell me something sexy.
(a venus figurine dug
up in Moravia in 1925?)
i’m buying! can’t you see
i’m buying god-dammit!
so are you gonna sell
or am i wasting my time here?
just take my money.
take it and give me anything
you can give me.

AT THE THIRD COUNCIL OF NICEA

Does it work for everyone if
my childhood dog Dobie
is God?

RABIES

i’m not going to get it checked.
not because i’m afraid to know,
but because of how sweet
the time will be between the bite
and the disease.

TERROR MANAGEMENT THEORY

it’s possible
for me to love
The Bachelor
and still be ok
with dying.


About the author:

graham-w-henderson-photoGraham W. Henderson published his first story collection, Hendrix the Worm and Other Stories in October. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2013, and writes and performs sketch and improv comedy with the Chicago troupe Scantron.