The Assumption: A Graphic Post

We’re in primary school art class, where the students have been told to draw a picture of a house. Francine draws this: “What’s this?” Missus Portmanteau, Francine’s art teacher, asks, pointing to the big red circle in the sky. “It looks like a big rock is about to fall on your house.” Francine is nonplussed in…

Chatterbox

Chattering swing of ratchet wrench Hatted on hexed nut box bolt head Alloy heat threaded hatchet hoax Treat tears time tender torpid box Tightly drawn reach of technical Entity rat tatting chattel Rat a tach tech teacher hat chat By the stunned thwacked beach Or far inland brine dry valleys Xylophone loops accordingly roll.

Badges

Hanging from their necks, belts, or ties, with photo, they come from somewhere, and have some place to go. She sees them bouncing up and down the streets, swagging vigor to and fro. Sometimes they meet and talk, badge to badge, boar to sow. She doesn’t get what they say. Normally, they just proceed, prancing…