Where Did I Put You? (Naieka Raj)

I see things breaking

to find them rest, see

keys thrown on kitchen counter 

beside a pastel greeting card 

its purple rabbit hops out

and eats the bundle whole.

Brass pushing through her bloody 

returns bladelike. Here I find 

them rest, keys 

unbolt a bathroom door, its wood 

splitting under bone, brown knuckle pet- 

rification. See round tablet

stored in ceramic tank 

plastic tearing defeat now

they are swimming down his throat 

and landing on pupils. See 

pupils shrinking small

like a brother waving goodbye 

in one reflection, I am pulling 


Here I find him rest, 



image: MM Kaufman