Monkey with a Gun (for Mike Mignola)
The world ripples—not that palatinate
squeeze of fig, but of mechanically-chill
taupe, click-boom; you’re a special kind of ape
in the hand. Smoke stills, artillery-feel
of massive grapeshot rung-off distant cliff
and skipping forward past boondock landscape,
from tensed recoil. Sweet crani-relief
for sit-and- thinks. What’s this mess? Grenade the
brain—what can it all mean? It stings your cheek
when you lean. What is opportunity?
What is horror one can carelessly bring
with malice, with such tool—the harmony
and the chaos? You toss it down, prefer
endlessly to be hit than the hitter.
Dom Fonce is an undergrad English major at Youngstown State University. He’s been published in fiction, poetry, comics, and journalism. Some of his work can be found at Calliope of the University of Mount Union, Penguin Review, the Jambar, and the upcoming summer 2017 issue of 3Elements Review. Bee & Comet, an ongoing comic book series that he is writing, will have a funding campaign on Kickstarter later this year.
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