How You Prove Anything and Everything

posted Feb 16, 2010

Faith prowls the accident scene hawking its wares, a shyster in search of clients. Police scour for evidence. Anthropologists dig for Darwinian theory, anything to tell the press. But the facts are two people are dead and a stranger called 911 and saved my life tonight. Yes, two people—one I will never know and the other I have forever all my life

and she me all her life. Creationists say Godís will all the way, isnít it obvious, but witnesses say oil that has existed millions of years made this car skid. I canít buy a theory in this marketplace. A kid in an ice cream truck rings a bell and sings along with the tune. Hey, come on, you gotta have faith. Pascal tries to lay down a bet but before he can, people fight and shove like Christmas to buy out the kidís inventory on credit.

Paul Dickey is the author of What Wisconsin Took. His poetry has appeared recently in Rattle, Sentence, Mid-American Review, Free Lunch, Crab Orchard Review, and Linebreak. His poetry manuscript They Say This is How Death Came Into the World was named as a semi-finalist in the 2008 Sentence Book Award contest, and will be published by Mayapple Press in late 2010. To learn more about him and his work, please visit his website.

Dickey’s poem “Against Pots” also appears in this issue.