Chapter 16
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“My World and Welcome to It”

Book Excerpt: Madstones

My World and Welcome to It

In one Twilight Zone
a couple find themselves
in a faux world:
faux tree, sawdust squirrel,
empty buildings. Turns
out it’s a doll house
and they are prisoners of
a giant child. I did
not need this denouement.
I don’t expect the world
to live for me, the
tree to make syrup, the
neighbors to be available
in my solitude. I am free
from the fear of giant
rulers. I am carefree in
this world of hollow props
and inanimate wildlife. On the
way home I kick over a policeman.