Sad Day for Turtles
I'm drawing turtles
On the cottage cheese containers
It's my animal it's my anima
There is a new disease
I am anxious to take for a test drive
There is a recurring dream
I would like to reboot,
I text to Janine.
I spin and spin and spin and spin
And things fly away and things return,
Screws to be tightened, or tossed in the air--
Hey says the man behind the deli counter
What are you doing with that marker?
Turtles, I say, and text
BRB to Janine
I have much more to tell the deli man
But he's not interested
Jeff Grimshaw has had poems and stories published (among other places) in New York Quarterly, Asimov's SF, and Mad Swirl. He's the co-writer of the screenplay for Michel Gondry's movie The We & The I (2013). Chapbooks include Lazy Boy v. Crazy Girl (2007) and two collaborations with the painter RoByn Thompson, 10 Days in January (2015) and 10 Days in September (2017), which can be downloaded for free in pdf from here and here. He generally makes his living as a baker, and lives in Milford, NJ.