The glitter along pig’s jawline is shiny and pig knows it, the blue on pig’s cheeks
is dreamy and it perfectly accentuates that pig doesn’t have any; pig doesn’t like admitting
pig’s brain is visible when positioned straight below pig’s spinal chord but
“ that’s anatomy, baby ”
it’s what all pig’s bartenders have told pig.
Pig leads with pig’s chin, pig’s forehead forgetting to turn until the jaw leaves it no alternative,
keeping the area under a constant state of wrinkle and, assumingely, angry about it. Pig, having once used
pig’s fingers (long, pale, and widely considered pig’s best attribute) to smooth the chaos
in a bargain attempt at sex appeal no longer lifts them above eye level, as what were once a prize are now
pickled and pudgy and filled with straight vodka should, bartender forgive,
pig’s glass not be.
Hard to look at, and pig is hard to look at,
we look at pig anyway.
Our eyes settling in
we find they take up half
pig’s face and sit a decimal point
away from extinction.
Misty hit and a pretty stare into the corner to show you pig is
mysterious, pig’s irises swim on the constant verge of overflow and pig’s eyelids
consist of dead skin that forgot to fall.
pig’s sweater continues to quietly try and keep from associating pig’s skin.
Frayed and pink and resentful of having been worn solely by a skeletal rhinoceros
it remains largely un-flattering yet unsettled over its decision to do so.
It was going places, it’s not happy to be where it is right now nor does it like
the feeling of wax shell introduced to delicate fabric
it is empathetic and proud of how soft it can be
when a head is placed neatly upon the wearer’s shoulder,
though, admittedly, it can’t imagine why
one would be.
Pig, unaware of pig’s sweater’s complex, strokes the 10% cotton blend with
one hand and groping for the plunger that’s always
there with the other
pig opens up to unplug a hum from one
bottom rib to another.
Excelling at the sport and altogether enjoying the vibration pig
appears possessed or dead or a lucky combination of the two until, scooping
down through the lungs, pig arches out a spackled rattle in D and
coughing up a cigarette, despite never having smoked one,
pig proceeds out of courtesy to offer it to the
next stool over.
Pig, watching pig’s chivalry in the mirror,
is momentarily distracted by how good pig
looks in bad lighting pig stops suddenly serious
and reels pig’s eyelashes out
another inch to accentuate the vulnerability.
Playing with the shadow, pig leans
toward us with the top left shoulder of
pig’s dark side and
attempting to place pig’s elbow
debonairly on the bar, begins to say
swaying with the dislodge,
pig misses the bar halfway through
thus instead opting to
swing head first to the piano that
wasn’t there three minutes ago.
Sitting nowhere but atop the piano itself, pig forces pig’s
atoms into a waltz pig and the plunger happily conduct
themselves, leaving the hysteria and remaining residue with
nowhere to go but pig’s right eye ; ballooning up into
a ball of blue
acrylic about half the size of pig’s
face and sweating.
Pig, high off the swelling
and tickled by pig’s proximity to ivory, attempts to launch into
pig’s magnum opus, coincidently a work of genius in pig’s head and
nowhere else, until tragically, dammed by the inflammation,
pigs hands stop before reaching the keys
leaving the bar silent and pig staring lidless into the opposite corner.
pig slides head first from pig’s perch,
pig’s torso disappearing while pig’s feet,
forgetting to follow, remain visible and conducting as the rest of pig sits below
chewing tile and dripping.
It’s not until pig suddenly shouts
“ EVERYBODY SING ”
and until the zero people in the bar decide to do so,
that the bartender leans over
hands pig a napkin
there’re oils in pig’s teeth and a piece of lettuce.