Him in Parts

the man fell in pieces from the sky
first the beard hairs like rough insect legs

a van’s open roof sunburnt neck,
rubbed raw – a leather crop slap

a forehead capped with bullet
thoughts, stubborn skull

the weight of no time left
widest berth crow bar shoulders

swung hard, muscle impact uniformed men
forearms wide cream staplers snap and crunch

can opener fingers
closed around a windpipe

opened clouds, eye lashes bladed the sky
a broken dollhouse-sized torso

the figures always laying down
in the living room

to smother her as she wished
on the ginkgo leaf carpet

trunk thighs rushed down mountains
shifting paint can feet

limbs hammered through rain
two by two, down and down

tans and red sliver cuts
meatless meats

no truck bed to catch the sections
a search and rescue mission

bury him in topsoil
sparrows’ nests, dog shit

the girl left before he landed
from a bad joke
her insides hurt that day

his belongings found later:

one ski cap
one bike lock
one dead basil plant
one angry cat scratch

Jennifer MacBain-Stephens is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Your Best Asset is a White Lace Dress (Yellow Chair Press, 2016), The Messenger is Already Dead (Stalking Horse Press, March 2017) and We’re Going to Need a Higher Fence, tied for first place in the 2017 Lit Fest Book Competition. Her work has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. She is also the author of nine chapbooks. Her chapbook She Came Out From Under the Bed (Poems Inspired by the Films of Guillermo del Toro) recently came out from Dancing Girl Press. Recent work can be seen in or is forthcoming from Prelude, Kestrel, Yalobusha Review, decomp, and Inter|rupture. Visit: https://jennifermacbainstephens.wordpress.com.

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