further, ( diets of the resurrected )

further, ( diets of the resurrected )

A Poem by barton smock

Moods for whale watchers:


As god’s gift to the suicidal mother, a stuffed crow goes a long way.  Balloons here lose their mannequin air. 




Mother as one who gives birth to avoid confrontation.  Years from now, I exist.  I want a cigarette, a puppy, and Jesus


on the cross.  I wrestle the brother who wrestles as if he’s sobbing inside an elephant.  People die on purpose.  The world’s smallest inventor tries her thumb at bulletproof bullets.  Pray puppets for puppet rain.




Moods for bloodflow:


The skin listens to itself pray.


I am never more than a peephole


than my brother.


Overheard in god’s pharmacy


gonna leave

a star




Baby Teeth, Ohio:


I have

in the rain

long hair

like your mother




Ohio math:


If born, your baby has given your name to God.  If not, not so fast, your baby has a sister who has two sisters and together they eat what can only be described as a chameleon abandoned by its ghost.  Here are things to keep apart:  My understanding of musicals and my brother’s of bulimia.  He and hymn.   




Perhaps, in another past, she cares for those beasts removed by God from the path of her loneliness.  And maybe it was there you listened for her supplier’s footsteps 


when it was lost in the move the empty bird of your faith




there were three in the garden

they were sharing

a cigarette


their god

had said little


no names, no pets


no lonely, allergic






Ohio puberty:


they sing

in the locker room

to what

is mine, a scarecrow

for insects


and then


they are saying

it backward

my safe





make death

fear you, not me


we all hear

that kid

& poetry


can’t be

the birthplace

of god



© 2020 barton smock

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Added on February 14, 2020
Last Updated on February 14, 2020
Tags: poem, poems, poetry, prose, poetics


barton smock
barton smock

Columbus, OH

am the author of the chapbook {infant*cinema - Dink Press 2016} and the full length {Ghost Arson - Kung Fu Treachery Press 2018}. editor of isacoustic.com more..