Roster

The default gender is male

The default language is English

The default city for poetic edge is New York

The default shirt size is large

The default home heating is natural gas

The default gun caliber is twenty-two

The default mode of death among young black men is homicide

The default asylum status is denied

The default lines fissure gape engulf
For we do not admit our defaults we do not atone

 

Too bad there's no default god

This poem was published in issue VIII of the Heron Clan anthology.

Andy Oram
November 26, 2019