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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Andrew Szilvasy

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Algae Growing on the Wall of a Culture Dish

Vaucheria Litorea, too large
a mass to stay submerged underwater,
climbs the walls of my cubic culture dish
to find nutrients and life-giving liquid
to fuel its frail, filamentous body;
just as, on the corner of Pryor and
Cherry, a man I don't know from Adam
sits on a milk crate in a hurricane's
downpour, rain streaming from his tear ducts,
down his cheekbone and beading
conspicuously on lip hair he cannot
shave away, licks his thirsty lips, and
drinks what he knows as,
only unconsciously, lacrimae rerum.