Nicholas Barnes

“From the Source” via Unstamatic

Heard a mortician say
their blood flows
to the treatment plant
through the sewer
just like your shower,
bleached sink, & toilet,
which gives me pause
as I slowly lift the handle
and fill my cup of ice
with funeral parlor veins.

Nicholas Barnes earned a Bachelor of Arts in English at Southern Oregon University. He is currently working as an editor in Portland, and enjoys music, museums, movie theaters, and rain. His least favorite season is summer. His favorite soda is RC Cola.

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