there was a youth
he jerked off
his joy in the mirror
he jerked off
brushing teeth
under a pilled robe
in the spine
of open books
on the fantasy
Jonny Quest
on Hadji

in the cowboy hat
of the Rifleman
he didn’t know
before death

he didn’t know
that you
would show up
take the toothbrush
take the robe
the books
rip off the story
crack the screen
he didn’t know
that you were out there




First publication: Indolent Books, HIV Here and Now Project, 2015