The Nose Bleed

I sneezed out sparks of snot and
Blood that sped sporadically from my
Nasal cavity and soaked my shirt with
Tear jerks and coughing rage.

My sneeze snout spat out
Saccharine sackfuls of
Microscopic syllables
and circles of trailing

Snot and blood clot splinters
Snake and salivate down my
Shirt and shower-stain my palms
with ruby spray.

Tissues clatter-clog my
Nose and blood-platter trays are
Served with silver
Spoons and butcher knives.



Sew your lips with

Needle Stitch,

Engulf your eyes with


Connect your nostrils with a

Safety pin,

My vocabulary is like novocaine.


Apply a needle to your

Upper-lip, slam

a nerve against the


Just a few more needle

pricks, and wait

until your face goes numb.


There’s nothing you can do,

It’s hard for you to move

your lips,

Let me numb your

tongue, and you’ll soon find out

It’s hard for you to speak.


Your throat swells shut,

Your cotton pit can’t produce

any spit worth a shit;

This will only take

a minute.