functionaries (2 by two)

24 Jun

writing with a number two pencil over a flame the heat opens up the skin and suddenly offers clarity (charity) to something other than prose:
a diminutive child waving to something on the side of the road his small arm jammed into the tight space in between the nearly closed window and door frame of the speeding car.
a blind woman with a plastic bag filled with prescriptions issued at a discount by the government health plan waits in an imaginary line behind an imaginary black person while bigotry oozes out of her clogged polluted pores.
the young bureaucrat jesus freak tucked into a nondescript state-financed cube recites a daily prayer off her iPhone while she opens up a database filled with school violence statistics and passes silent judgment on co-workers’ attire.
one rabbit run.
two deer carcasses twisted at the neck on the shoulder of the highway (someone must have arranged this display of brutal death and photographed the scene).
one hundred and sixty-one words crossed out by two editors in order to meet standards.
one hundred and sixty-one words constructed carefully over three days then de-constructed and de-armed and left on the floor of a filthy office in an outdated building with sub par air circulation systems and faulty HVAC.
take home monthly pay: two thousand thirty-two dollars and sixty-five cents.


3 Responses to “functionaries (2 by two)”

  1. JAC 24/06/2009 at 9:32 AM #

    I like. i like. nice rhythm and images.
    way to churn to the music!

  2. momentofchoice 24/06/2009 at 10:41 AM #


  3. (S)wine 24/06/2009 at 11:29 AM #

    i thank you fellow swines. to clarify, JAC is referring to the fact that this is the first piece i’ve ever written with music as background. the track is here:

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