Perihelion: An Online Journal of Poetry and Mayhem
The Phoenix Issue, No. 16, Winter 2008


The Charisma of the Doctor

Radiance dissolves like a bromide in the gut
which is why the food you eat hasn’t killed you yet.

—meridians where the long needles go in
to turn some kind of dial—

I can see from that rash in your navel
that you’ve hooked your tube to the mother-drug.
Give up sugar and make room for God.