“O” by Elan Kiderman

pardon

but do you or don’t you

own a figurine modeled after my figure modeled after me is it shriveled up at the brain

because it’s ok if you do, i mean, i have one of you too except for that it doesn’t even have a brain at all but i’m just curious seeing as when i snap the arm off of yours i feel a sharp pain at the shoulder and i was wondering well if you did the same to yours would i feel it too and i have some corrections for it

well for one could you aim the finger away from the floor feels gravitationally fastened down there aim it instead at the face as if to say “hit me here” then readjust the legs in the same way also while you’re at it put me in a place where i might get some sunlight it is much too dark in here for it to be much too dark in here for if you’re as lonesome as i say you are what am i doing holding corners accountable at spears that itch my sanity triangular horses placed in vases named after it all to which you comb your teeth to and for what it’s not as if you have much to do with it’s funny to have spoken only twice in your life (i’ve lost count on mine) but if you can’t count on life what’s the use in those men at the crosswalks holding stop signs who may as well be figurines too may as well selfishly intake the sun while children, lost as it were in the toe-stepping sense collecting barks as it were in the yard but if you’ve aimed me like i say you have then children will occupy themselves seeing as they are prone to hitting and i am prone to being and how many if any can we tip towards until there’s an excess of tips to towards let’s face its faces so as to travel through diameters and diameters of apathetics

Published in Penn Review, Volume 46, Issue 1

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