I own a spleen of transcendent variety. It serves as a beacon of bodily function. It sings & its cadences carry through my bones. It performs its spleenly tasks with such competence it elevates the performance of my other organs through its heavenly example. It is not indigenous to my person. I came by it by way of transplant. From what saintly creature was it harvested? What fortunate souls now own his other organs? I benefit from a digestion of angelic aptitude. My entrails glow with divine light. It is only through great effort that I conceal this light.

Nicolas Hundley

Nicolas Hundely is the author of The Revolver in the Hive (Fordham University Press), winner of the 2012 Poets Out Loud editor’s prize. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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