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Breakdown, a poem by Jared Carter


And now, denouement, what you will.
          Nothing will last,
And everything’s a kind of thrill –
          a sudden blast

Of sound, heralding the king, who
          moments before,
Reprieved hyenas in the zoo,
          advised the whore

And lobbyist to squeeze together,
          wrote off their debts,
Proclaimed an end to sultry weather,
          welched on all bets.

Jared Carter lives in Indianapolis.