Four Way Books
Rogue Apostle
by Mary Jane Nealon

ISBN: 1-884800-31-9
paper, 60 pages, $13.95

This thick-skinned toe scraping.
This cool cool water splashing upside down.

Breath, once so unconsciously available,
hides now in the shadow of the foot.

This moment of slow sinking into the waves,
this steady forcing down into green:

some panic, some music from the band
and the long soft hand of the nurse

who adjusts the morphine drip, just enough,
just to ease the weight of the elephant

and expand the idea
of where the ship might go.