Give me the bleeding statues.
His tall forehead is touched by a descending finger of light, his torso bulges the picture
frame like an oak. He bears no smile lines or drooping nostrils or jowls of despair.
But it was said that something jealous in the hollow of a tree put a curse on his infant
Cracking pine nuts with each bite down to the last tooth, he grew too big for words to
A child counted the legs of the horses going by, his eyes tilted all the way up. “Look,
Mother. A fence floating in the sky!” A glimpse of a giant’s fleeting smile.
His head that fits on a quarter, the dollar, the side of a mountain, fit especially well on his
neck. He was a rock of silence before freezing men in boats as rickety as
When he recalled the one Founding Father who followed women in the Philadelphia
night confiding to him that accessibility was a greater pleasure than perfection, his
mouth would clench like an oak door that the wind had slammed shut.
In his dream, he was meeting with his cabinet. His lieutenant shuffled a stack of gold
coins. The redhead clung to an edge and brooded. He never trusted brooders.
The water in the room reached his chest. He said, “Gentleman.” But his teeth
weren’t riding well in his mouth and it came out, “General gems.”
President twice, he declined a third, spitting out power like a broken tooth. He traveled
home to his mountain, his wife, and the humans he owned who couldn’t afford even
Nights. By his bed in a cup of water. Floating.
After surveying his fields in snow, he took dinner soaked to a chill. Adamant, straight-
backed, he refused to be cold. But later one of the servants swore he heard soggy
With the good doctor bleeding him into oblivion, and Martha hovering near, a part of his
mind feverishly reached for Sally’s dress, and out from parted wooden dentures,
came longing’s last unsatisfied breath.