M. A. ISTVAN JR. is a poet and instructor in Philosophy at Texas A&M University. His most recent creative works have appeared in Line Zero, Shot Glass Journal, My Favorite Bullet, Frogpond, Fat City Review, Pleiades, Loaded Bicycle, Penwood Review, Crack the Spine, Nefarious Ballerina, and The Moose & Pussy. He can be contacted via email at email@example.com, or you can visit his page at http://tamu.academia.edu/michaelistvan.
One figures that in the first moment
he’d be excited to catch the shot
of his mother’s foaming gash,
shaved there and everything.
But as soon as he entered the field
of onion, he knew the mass on the bed
to be lifeless, leaving him
a boy alone at fourteen.
Only after did he start
milking himself on the area,
driven by his age—driven
to snuggle away from the truth.