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Ratchewed Sonnet

by Zachary Bond

am I it     as shitty as just
am I this city or this disservice
to it     watch out you’re walking
on an open wound     don’t
step there     that’s all glass
I fear you might find
your reflection in     I tried to write
an opera     I tried to write a ratbrag
but I didn’t get that far     augustine
wanted to know who am I
but a guide to my own
downfall     all I know is
this brain is plastic     all I know is rats
eat plastic

About Zachary Bond

Zachary Bond received the Beatrice Daw Brown Prize for Poetry in 2014. His writing has appeared both online and in print, most recently in Window Cat Press and Reality Hands.