The pink tongues filled with
bad stories. The roll call
of the newly dead. The earth spinning
but us not getting dizzy. Big boats
lifted by the wake of smaller boats.
Telling a joke that nobody gets.
A drop in the bee population.
A man stuck in a well, handclawing
his way up the sides. Black checkers
jumping over red ones. Everyone moving
in different directions. Everyone ending
in exactly the same place. 


Francine Witte is the author of four poetry chapbooks and two flash fiction chapbooks. Her full-length poetry collection, Café Crazy, has recently been published by Kelsay Books. She is reviewer, blogger, and photographer. She is a former English teacher. She lives in NYC.