How I Feel • Charles D. Tarlton

with this finger I propose digging under
the skin to make a poem

out of blood and torn tissue, wrench out globs
of me and spread them

on paper, paint simple letters in the stain
like a wild child

and say the things most needing to be said:
I would rather live

an imbecile not knowing the how or why
of anything,

than die.


Charles is a retired university professor from NY
now living in San Francisco.