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#thesideshow June 20th Micro poetry Apoptosis by Matt Alexander


A ship sails
Toward the orange horizon
And recedes from view, apo

Wind dislodges
an apple from its bough
Dropping it to the ground, ptosis

Select cells
Of a developing organism
Die on cue as programmed, apoptosis

Like construction equipment
No longer necessary

Vestigial appendages
No longer functional

Scaffolding discarded
Skin shed

Leaves of a tree
Or baby teeth

Idealizing one’s parents
Notions of love conquering all

Expectations of people
Of justice and the future

Belief in humans’ ability
To escape societal local minima

And childhood friends
Falling away

Matt Alexander is a scientist and writer in Philadelphia. When struck by insight, he shouts “Bazinga!”, not “Eureka!”, although he has nothing against Archimedes and is in fact himself an avid bath-taker. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in theEEEL, Maudlin House, and After the Pause. Follow him on Twitter at @thenamesmatta.