The Body Lies
by Austin Veldman
I cook my rice with water from the tap.
The granules infuse the liquid’s minerals –
zinc, copper, maybe lead
and God knows what else.
We have grown used to these metallic intricacies.
Most of us can’t even be bothered anymore.
I said sorry to the moon.
He ignored me.
That’s alright, I’ll see him again
in a month.
I’ll be a different person then,
a different accumulation of cells –
A reminder that the body lies to us.
Austin Veldman is a poet, fiction writer, and songwriter. He is currently pursuing an MA in English from Indiana University South Bend. His poetry has featured in Bateau, Dreams & Nightmares, Artifact Nouveau, and others. He currently is an Assistant Editor at 42 Miles Press and the Editor-in-chief at Twyckenham Notes.