“Gravity Always Wins”

I use a lever to fling my speech
from nonattendance

but the attraction that the earth exerts
pulls it back again — a little implement

made of desire
she called it

a trick of the amygdala

to cast off utterances half-thought,
bent on the table, except

when incidentally

the Apparatus reaches down

and cheats

the laws of its own creation

Joel Bettridge (© 2010)