Tilt Your Head Back


Tilt your head back to administer the eyedrops,
then swing it forward and down when the stinging begins.
a brief but pleasant burst of vertigo as the unchambered fluids slosh
from one section of the braincase to another

As the head droops and minutely lurches to the
ponderous beat of a lumpen heart,
he wonders, apropos of nothing,
if there isn’t some
lamplit alleyway in a city or town
near the Mediterranean coast
where someone is vomiting,
sickened by drink or tainted shellfish.
This isn’t the much-vaunted ‘Sense of Wonder’,
but merely frank, workaday wonder.
Note: they are the same thing.

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