– after the painting by JeanPaul Mallozzi

His eyes.

The star on his chest.

This real star aligned with other stars that are not visible, but exist.

Unconditionally.

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.

Mid sentence.

A hand grips his ankle. The thumb traces the red line.

A signature is corporeal substance.

The rectangle was always there.