Poppies

Robert Carr

I think
they’re supposed to be
opium
poppies

but the
abstract art in Dermatology
looks
like an angry cluster

of
pimples. I’ve stopped picking
the basal
cells beneath

my
wide-rimmed garden hat, the long
white
sleeves of my shirt.

There’s a
little boy with mom
and a bad
sunburn beside me.

He’s
playing with a rubber shark
that
swallows his pinky finger.

I’m
watching his tiny digits walk
across
the cushion toward – What

do you
think they’ll remove today?
The
poppies blister in anticipation.


Robert Carr is the author of Amaranth, a chapbook published in 2016 by
Indolent Books. His poems are published in Radius Journal, Pretty Owl
Poetry, White Stag Journal, The Pickled Body, The Good Men Project, Dark
Matter Journal, Canary Literary Magazine, and numerous other
publications. His published work can be found at robertcarr.org

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