Rejoice by Jay Passer

as you fall down the stairs accidentally
and scar yourself voluntarily
you rejoice

when you smile at nobody in particular or at
Medusa as she siphons your soul

when you consume a half-frozen bean-and-cheese burrito
smothered with chili sauce in the middle of the night
despite the violence shaking the trees and fracturing the roots

that’s it, you hear the beat of the drum
as an old man
down the hall
falls down the staircase

when you subcontract your essence for a fairy-tale tattoo
it’s a crapshoot
bottom line
we only endure in the clouds

insulated from the earth
from the concrete
the neon
the electric rail
the buses
the taxis
the fleeting impressions of migratory birds

the internet
keeping advertising practically divine

Jay Passer
Jay Passer’s work has appeared in print and online since 1988. He is the author of 8 chapbooks. His most current collection is featured in The High Window Press’s Four American Poets (2016). Passer lives and works in San Francisco, the city of his birth.


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