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Jan/Feb 2006 Poetry

Directions on How to Forget

by Jason Fraley


Directions on How to Forget

Sever a necessary limb.
Carry it to the oven
on a sterile tray.
As skin and muscle burn,
rub the exposed boneó
where there's a feeling
of attachment.

On the same tray, collect
ash when nothing else burns.
Inhale and cough. Repeat.
Soon, what is lodged
in the throat and lungs
will be dormant
even when breathing.

 

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