Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ulysses Ossuary

I am Ulysses Ossuary, also known
as Barton Bone, part-time professional
ventriloquist. I throw my voice around
the house afraid of getting hollowed out.
I’m wary of the basement water
rising through the kitchen linoleum and
rivering out my open door. When thick
necked hardhats and the cracked
landlord inspect the suspect pipes I play
a sad croquet of wickets with impossible lips
and wonder about the broken hinges
on the box of shoes I don’t wear anymore.

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