Your Last Day Pointing

Your last day pointing was a huge success,
even raccoons noticed
You pointed out masks, tail rings,
and a lost yellow leaf

You pointed out mountains
from ranges, and helped a tourist
find the necessary
cross-street

Movie goers loved you;
you pointed out subtle jokes
and helped an elderly couple locate the snack bar
so they made you mayor

Under your direction, every salt shaker was numbered
and you dug times tables into every dirt road
and the factors smelled like pine needles and dirt
and your pointer finger

At the Rotary Club’s 43rd Annual Charity Banquet
you ate salty feta crostini and made small talk
From your seat at table 6 you pointed at the peas
“These are great peas,” you declared

But your voice was drowned out by other voices
and clanking forks and everyone
could pronounce your name much better
than you could

One syllable in particular always
drooped over before your lips could
wrap themselves around it

Why could they say it
so perfect like that?
What was it they were doing
with their lips?

 

 

 

Andrew Rogers is a writer, propagandist, and musician from Portland Oregon. He sometimes enjoys grapefruit. He has other work soon to be featured in The Tiny Mag and Lit-Tapes. He had an alien abduction dream once but feels it was simply sleep paralysis. As he types this he is growing very small, until he becomes the size of the single dot on the 6-sided die. His twitter handle is @arogpdx and his insta is @gingerarog.

Art by Art Editor, Michelle Johnsen

Michelle Johnsen (art editor) is a nature and portrait photographer in Lancaster, PA, as well as an amateur herbalist and naturalist. Her work has been featured by It’s Modern Art, Susquehanna Style magazine, Permaculture Activist magazine, EcoWatch.com, EarthFirst! Journal, Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, and used as album art for Grandma Shake!, Anna & Elizabeth, and Liz Fulmer Music. Michelle’s photos have also been stolen by AP, weather.com, The Daily Mail, and Lancaster Newspapers. You can contact her at mjphoto717 [at] gmail.com.