You pick away at the cross hatched scars that cover you like palimpsests of every wrong desire. The map of tiny blue veins they cross seems faded as you gather your broken chains to pawn, measuring what counts weighed against the dross. It all reverts to sadness, gets boiled down, but never will you get what it’s worth. The sign outside the pawnshop reads: Big Money for Broken Gold. You sweep your tongue across the back of your teeth, the point probing each familiar crevice, hopeful about what still remains.
Christopher Kennedy is the author of Ennui Prophet (BOA Editions, Ltd.), Encouragement for a Man Falling to His Death (BOA Editions, Ltd.), which received the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award in 2007, Trouble with the Machine (Low Fidelity Press), and Nietzsche’s Horse (Mitki/Mitki Press). His work has appeared in many print and on-line journals and magazines, including New York Tyrant, Ninth Letter, Wigleaf, The Threepenny Review, Mississippi Review, Ploughshares, and McSweeney’s.