Most of my water escaped long ago too,
and which one of us was really
designed to withstand the pressure? 

Slowly filtered through solid rock,
the remains are all that remains:   
pyrite and calcite and Uranium.

Armored fish patrolling the depths,
consuming the soft, fleshy parts, and
disappearing into the crystal lattice.

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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