we approach the bench, the gate,
that deep end of life. Lady J’s blind.
Lady J’s deaf. Her taste is off.
This stink is hers. It touches
all the way ‘round nooses and needles,
lethal viral vaxxer mask optional
super-size binge-watch blood-splatter
the lyric cop-killer WAP whip. TikTok
tic tic tic tic…
About the author
Michael A. Griffith teaches at Mercer County and Raritan Valley Community Colleges in central NJ. His three chapbooks are New Paths to Eden, Bloodline, and Exposed. Recent works have appeared in Kelsey Review, U.S. 1 Worksheets, North of Oxford, Page & Spine, and Haiku Journal.