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Salt by Matt Gleckman
published in Volume 9, Issue 5 on December 6th, 2002

I wonder
what went through the brain
(besides a bullet)
of the blood-crusted man laying slumped in corner:
white twine wrapped around trigger
& tied to big toe -
foot twitching like a sneeze.

He seemed fine last weekend
at dinner talking with his wife
about the weather:
smiled over the clink-ity-clack of fork
and knife on white porcelain &
asked to pass the salt.

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