– after the painting by JeanPaul Mallozzi
The star on his chest.
This real star aligned with other stars that are not visible, but exist.
Behind him a drug chart establishes context.
The wolf is graying.
An analog device records a human message.
“It’s on repeat,” he thinks and smiles.
But this time it is different.
The man with the (blue) pen doodles a man in (black) ink.
The black socks strangle his calves.
On both legs, translucence.
A hand grips his ankle. The thumb traces the red line.
A signature is corporeal substance.
The rectangle was always there.
Neil de la Flor is a writer, teacher, photographer, and executive director of the literary organization Reading Queer. His publications include An Elephant's Memory of Blizzards
(Marsh Hawk Press 2013); Sinead O'Connor and her Coat of a Thousand Bluebirds
(Firewheel Editions 2011), co-authored with Maureen Seaton and winner of the Sentence Book Award; Almost Dorothy
(Marsh Hawk Press 2010), winner of the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize; Two Thieves and a Liar
(Jackleg Press 2013); and the chapbook Facial Geometry
(NeoPepper Press 2006), both co-authored with Maureen Seaton and Kristine Snodgrass. His website is neildelaflor.com