Independent Variable

centipede setae

tickle the trapeze,

with drumming digits

where belly meets beat

and bloody doubts drool

never full

from their feast

on anxiety.


i herd the beasts

of my lumbering past,

with their calliope of hooves

pounding the roof

of my intellect.

i suspect

through neglect

the din will cease.



i gather

the gauzy gown

of gratitude

for fortitude,

invariably independent

of the untrue,

restoring divots

until the way is smooth.


© M.G. Iannucci 2018

Art by Wendy Ng

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