Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)

at the cross, I stub my toe —

piercing blood trickles

down to the open

mouths of rocks —

and grimaced limps —

bottom teeth grounding

against the pounding

molars —

you squat at your

rock, pebbles inside you

panties, red

pashmina tittering

against the breeze —

I rest my knees against

your rock, staring now

not at the ocean but

the open graveyard

of stone —

and your hand, it on

your shoulder, mine

holding it, together

shaved off granite

fallen on the



This is the 100 Songs Project, a 100-day writing challenge based on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs. Every day, I write a short poem, prose piece, or play based on, reacting to, rejecting, accepting, or doing something related to one of the songs in the top 100 list.

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