The blue hooded shadow

slips 0.00000319294 moles of Flunitrazepam

into her drink, which disperses in 12.352 seconds

and neither can become whole again.

Pistons leveraging every exothermic explosion

and 765976.31847 joules of kinetic energy

proves more than enough to send the drunken father,

and his son, through the windshield of the car.

The 213.5 days required

to properly lay every brick

and nail every board

is swept away in a moment

by the flick of the arsonist’s wrist.

A bland 61,113 kilocalories of food

for the malnourished group of 47 children

aged 11-13, working 14 hour days,

resulting in your pronation preventing shoes.

17 words, forming one sentence,

that inspires her to walk away forever

as you both forget lifetimes of love.

Somewhere, a shovel leaning on a barn door

finally falls to the ground.

 

 

Max Henderson is a doctoral student in physics at Drexel University. Originally from Coatesville, Pennsylvania, he researches neural networks and quantum computation when he’s not too busy watching Adventure Time. His poems are about making mistakes while drinking a good, dark beer. His poems have been published online at Black Heart Magazine, Crack The Spine, and Citizen Brooklyn, and also has work in Crack The Spine‘s Spring 2013 Anthology. You can email him at maxwell.p.henderson@gmail.com

Photo by Alejo Cedeno, used by permission. View more of his work at his DeviantArt gallery.

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