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 Review, Moria Poetry Journal, Chronogram Journal, Ampersand Literary Review, The Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Havana Times, South China Morning Post, The Buffalo News, and more.
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