ADVICE FROM AN EXPERT
We have measured your features exactly.
At eighteen you will look like this.
Sorry to disappoint.
Moving on, at thirty like this.
Sorry again to disappoint.
At fifty you will look like this.
No wonder you’re happy,
out of sheer desperation
we have altered your body chemistry
switching you with a Himalayan deity
believed to be the holiest of holy.
He was the only one willing to do an interview
and possessed a dialect pregnant with H’s.
Or very similar sounds.
Now go back out amongst the people
and get them to drink your potion for free.
Colin James has a book of poems, Resisting Probability, fromSagging Meniscus Press. He lives in Massachusetts.