1 poem by Colin James

                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.
            Skipping ahead,
            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.