Poem Of The Week | chopped liver & love notes. by Matt Bayliss

chopped liver & love notes.

by Matt Bayliss


he stood inside the garage for most of September.

the mooring ropes had been cut loose
and it was all being scraped out of him
like lobster meat from a shell.
hours would go by
where things would be moved from place to place.
he might sit in the car
or hang his tools on the wall.
staring is an involuntary place to live.
entire worlds can be created and crushed in minutes.
he wondered whether he’d been staring for most of his life.

he packed up and headed south on the morning of the 12th.
kissed them all goodbye while she sat in the bedroom.
the ceilings started to drip and the carpet started to burn.

in the bathtubs of all his mornings,
grow lily pads that bed crowns.
there are no more flowers left to pick
no more notes left to write.
no more gates to jump.
just chopped liver,
chopped liver and sundown.

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