here’s to your welfare:
how do you feel in rapid succession?
having your toast and drinking it, too.
having a relapse tied to ropes
and pulled up to eye level.
here’s to your conscience.
a willing and able boy seeking
a wholly imaginary and severely diseased girl.
“He’s hungry,” she coos.
here’s to knowing only
“too well,” and “little else.”
and what sort of brick-fisted god
would send such a busy-mixed signal?
here’s to your sloppy living patterns,
two nights in one day,
being bounced from brink to brink.
here’s to your interfaith marriages,
haunted in passing and dedicated,
waiting like hell over your dead body.
here’s to every last thing you’ll do.
“shadow games/bad puppets”
strung up crummy pedants pressed up
against the surface of your retina.
“bureaucratic loopholes/domestic punchlines”
although detail doesn’t exist,
your eventual weight will.