Ben Pelhan

Maybe the tooth’s name was Glitter.

the first time the tooth went missing

a controversy surrounded it

the controversy prevented supplies from entering

and all calls for help from exiting

there was no nourishment

it was a siege

it was impervious to the forces of gravity

a little bit of radiation escaped each day

the controversy was a black hole

the tooth was so lost

the tooth could not get directions

all of a sudden a plane erupted from the black hole

the tooth was still lost and was now also confused

the black hole where the tooth used to be

grew bloody with pools

the black hole swallowed the plane back up again

the plane was a newer model

the plane was painted a special color

all of the copies of skymall onboard the plane were glossy

all of the copies of skymall onboard the plane were full of glitter

maybe the tooth’s name was glitter

the tooth thought it remembered a landmark

it could not remember where

it could not would not

then it saw the landmark

then the black hole swallowed the landmark

then the black hole burped glitter

glitter was getting everywhere

the black hole was shimmering like some kind of star

all the copies of skymall had special discounts on name-a-star

the tooth thought it was a star

the tooth was very lost

radiation was getting everywhere

a little bit of glitter escaped each day

a star was falling from inside the pages of all the copies of skymall

maybe the star’s name was glitter

it could not would not

the tooth was so lost

the black hole grew blacker with pools

the star was still falling

it kept falling and falling

 

 

 

 

Ben-Pelhan-Dream-Pop-PressBen Pelhan is a London-based American. His poems have appeared in Spork, Diagram, Black Warrior Review and elsewhere. He founded Line Assembly, a poetry tour and documentary (in post-production). You can follow @benpelhan on Instagram if you want to see pics of his dog and the occasional random London elephant sighting.