Jared Schickling

A SHORT SERIES COMPOSED IN THE SPIRIT OF DANIIL KHARMS

 

THE CASHIER

is silent it did not know
what to answer
continuous coverage of swindles

No more pictures
shelved on phones
just like that

Nonsense the sky
big once
lack of another engagement

the crowd seizes a person
tears its head off
this crowd was

Set to wait around
to open their gates
they put

This person behind counters
stuck the knob in its teeth
so

it would
look more
like this

A door opened to the surprise of
the public

 

 

pull me out by the feet
keep my clothes on down below
it’s been too easy to stump me

who will stand at the counter
who let the public in
this is terrible

stand me up, please
i have butter in my mouth
this is to be a sensation

 

 

NEWSPAPER ON ITS WINDOWS

Opposite
this shelf

Nothing here
this counts

Give it the butter
this mouth

And your pay
tomorrow

 

 

THE CROWD THINNED OUT

It came down to this
back at home
strangely
the rooster crowed

Jumping out
of its face
it leaned against the wall & started to hiccup

It was funny how
such a tiny thing finished
something else
when this ugly thing happened

 

 

 

It created these to
try on a gut.

To try on
its own belly.

Of course it’s not
its but

it worked.
Must have.

 

 

 

chain
isochronism
rotation

bygone
not long ago
recently

spent
kaput

anterior
accomplished

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