Searching Pockets For Dinosaur Bones by Jay Passer

I’ll miss rain
coming down against the windowpane.

while the guy across the hall
fantasizes, penning the modern equivalent
of The Old Man and the Sea

I got some ice from the lobby,
and learned a word or two in Spanish from the maid.

in my future robotic physique
I’ll miss
cracking my knuckles,

and the quick morning patter of rain,
the taste of blood on a split lip.

I frisk my government for leadership qualities,
just a paper cut short of the shredder.

it helps if you’re besties
with a superhero, or a vampire.

getting by in the city today?
maybe it’s best you learn to identify species of edible
fungus, grubs and tree bark.

Jay Passer 2

Jay Passer’s work has appeared online and in print since 1988. He lives and works in San Francisco, the city of his birth. His latest chap, Flower Omelette, co-authored with Misti Rainwater-Lites, is available from Lulu.


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