Gramps by Chris Bullard
backed us from the dinner table
puffing dentures past lips
click-clacking false choppers
like a machine gun strafing jungle.
Hard-edged predator age an eon
said he’d snatch our noses float them
as trophies in his bedside water glass
where he stashed that removable grin.
We held ears against their chatter
but images of blades gnawed
through dreams slivering souls
of school pals into sacrifice
for the old man for all old men
the invincible teeth striding away.
© Chris Bullard
Chris Bullard is a native of Jacksonville, FL. He lives in Collingswood, NJ. He received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his MFA from Wilkes University. Kattywompus Press published his third chapbook, Dear Leatherface, in January of 2014. WordTech Editions published his second full-length book, Grand Canyon, in 2015. His work has appeared in Rattle, River Styx, Pleiades, Green Mountains Review, and other literary reviews.
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