You Are Here

Summer, 2004 / No. 12

the essential map:

draw a yellow circle

around your waist

work outward

crayons for the

blues and greens

draw outside the lines

dirt under your fingernails

for land masses, river’s edge

political borders

always in red

use a razor

cut at the base

of your neck

draw scars

across arms, torso

make new ones

before old ones heal

clear your mind

of the history

when blood stops flowing

begin again