Author: Aaron Semasko
From Backroads Vol. XXXVI No. 1 (Fall 2008)
Anatomy—such a silly game
practiced at recommended age 6 and up.
You’re taught so young,
to pull out that heart-shaped
piece of plastic,
yet so surprised when sent into
small convulsions when you miss.
The instructions booklet speaks of no
reason for picking out
the plastic; or,
whether or not the man is
So you remember how your mother
told you not to pick that broccoli
from your teeth at the dinner table.
But when you grow past the recommended age
you do it anyway.
Just like the plastic, there’s no use in
putting in back.
So you flick the food on the floor, and the man
is crammed back into his box,
scattered with tiny organs,
and stored on the basement shelf
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