Excerpt from “Kernel” from the book “Proof of Flight”:

“…You can devour all the life

off this rock only to find

we ate our only way to pray.

Doctor and priest both agree

on just how sick and cursed

I am, trying to get exorcised

or medicated out of my head,

while animals jeer, and shoot me

visions of a lone boulder trekking

impossibly across Death Valley….”