in this corner of the puppy hamlet is the virgo of the knives
the werewolf of the people and pepper
the diamond was a head of the light spock the nectar spock
would you corner a hare of that bubble?
to name a heart of the sharp opening is the boiled cave
the paper is the rifle
to win a skillet burger
to secrete a head of the lemon
scowl is the month yes a dart of the file ray
that head is the rat
haertling hammer is the puffin
the cloth of the tired poppy
the doctor of trenton is the same answer as the rose
how would you answer a cardboard vole?
with the bacon of the morel?
the steak of the clear wallet
the lion of the popcorn
this is the knife of the foot
the clinging moss of the lake
the hard luck to rock
the name of the art to win that dodge
that paying machine is the key of the book
building a hoax is the fanning of the cross
water is the luxury to print a cookie
would you butter a letter?
mary is the magdalene of the soft hands
the paper is the laugh
the day of the rising huh
that shoe is the head of the cloud
the long clue of the seventh
the apple of the dolphin
that sad apple
a steak of the wolf
mention a burger to the ghost
I felt pain in my toe and I looked down
an earwig was biting my blister
a year of clowns is the heart of the salad
the milk is here tonight
is the coin a chirp of the cotton?
that critter could be the pumpkin loan of the stop sign
mallard is the pie to creep with that wheat cent
the lard is the barren toff
J. D. Nelson (b. 1971) experiments with words in his subterranean laboratory. His poetry has appeared in many small press publications, worldwide, since 2002. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Cinderella City (The Red Ceilings Press, 2012). His first full-length collection, entitled In Ghostly Onehead, is slated for a 2021 release by mOnocle-Lash Anti-Press. His work has recently appeared in E·ratio, Otoliths, BlazeVOX, and Word For/Word. Visit www.MadVerse.com for more information and links to his published work. Nelson lives in Colorado. He recommends Defenders of Wildlife.