Lizard Brain



how embarrassing of you / to have so many goddamn mouths /


each one full / of unclaimed paper receipts /


spilling out of their grocery store self-checkout dispensers


aimlessly / matthew david / you sweetheart / are you telling me


you can’t possibly spell goodness without god /


you act like intersex folk are the titanic / and not the iceberg /


it pains me to tell you / it is quintessentially the opposite /


nobody’s gonna read a book / about missing chromosomes /


hello it’s 2021 / and we’re craving stories that’re complete /


how do you not know how to swallow pills / how do you not


know how to swim / how do you not know how to be anything /


but unemployed / can’t you call yourself something / other


than smoke in a swollen throat / just because your mother


is anaphylactic / doesn’t mean you are too / go back to therapy /


get a job / eat more fiber / i will not call you intersex / because


i don’t like that word very much / it doesn’t roll off the tongue


like busted does / matthew david / you’re not gonna win the pulitzer /


you’re never gonna be best in show / you’re never gonna win


miss america / you are just a person / quit trying to be anything more /


please stop listening to the stranger / it’s not even a masterpiece /


how can you liken that gut to stained glass / you will never be that


beautiful / stop reaching for the light / you will never be tall enough /


how can you be so mad / when you should be grateful / we don’t


call you a dickless fat fuck anymore / it took you four years /


to get a writing degree / just so you could bitch and moan /


about your genetic pussy / your book is all lies and fabrications /


it doesn’t have to be like this / quit victimizing yourself / you’re just soft /


you know while you were trying to be a “neon” “hollywood”


“cowboy” / the bad men were erasing your brothers and sisters /


look i love you / and i’m proud of all that you’ve accomplished /


but matthew david i swear / if the garden of eden fell


right into your lap / you’d probabl