Poetry Issue 21


Carlos Quijon, Jr.

Object Lessons


“An object” to “to object.” With a change in stress, the passive contemplation becomes active opposition. Perhaps the conch is just charming, the pebble has run out of words to mince. Object, etymologically, “to throw in mind’s way.” To keep in mind. To mind the object. A mindful object. It is difficult not to mind objects. I have kept a piece of a broken tooth at the corner of a bookshelf; every time I tongue the remaining tooth where it came from, my tongue bleeds. I had a marble I really liked once, and when my dad told us to throw all our marbles away, I swallowed it in objection. I would’ve swallowed it in objection. I didn’t swallow it.

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