Boys

vinegar boys draw chalk circles
round weightless arrangements;
fist fight over wolves & blanch purple;
collect cracks & headless fossils;
carry pocket knives soaked in stomach acid;
coat their dreams in bubble gum.

look at them now, high on lettermen jackets:
homecoming is not for coming out,
it is not for coming home it is for
calculating how many seeds it takes to grow a soul
& can I bum a cigarette?
& port-a-potty navel grazing

play in power plant kiddy pools
& be electrocuted; swallow needles
to prepare for inside out dissection;
look for constellations in the sky
& dig up lies mothers tell their sons
to bury them dead.

Jaclyn Grimm lives in Orlando, FL. Her prose and poetry have appeared in The Adroit Journal, Cheap Pop, decomP magazinE, and Teen Vogue. She currently works as a prose reader for The Adroit Journal.

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