A site inspection of
varicose veins on
my radius of flesh
sometimes helps me to

appreciate the miles
traveled by these limbs
long after years when
I ate bags of pizza rolls

this parade of joints
persists at moving
against the carnage
of tick-tock scratching

hatch marks not far
behind my foot tracks
that continue to outpace
your condolences.

Dane Karnick grew up by the Colorado “Rockies” and lives near Seattle. His poetry recently appeared in Alba, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Poppy Road Review, Pastiche Magazine and is forthcoming in The Bookends Review. Visit him at

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