"A Discovery" by Rob Plath
 

after the fight
he snuck out 
of his room
late at night
& shined
his toy flashlight
into the holes
that were punched
into the walls
he was hoping
for a small treasure
or perhaps
a secret door
leading to some
other world
but all he discovered
were rusty nails
& mouse turds

"But Why, Why, Why?" by Rob Plath
 

everybody’s  

always shoving

one another

towards ledges

little

by

little

& when

somebody
says, Fuck it
& finally

nose dives
into
the pavement
the rest all gather

around gazing

at the white sheet
in the street
growing red
& asking,
but why, why, why?

as they stand there

w/ terrible arms

glued to

their sides