Departed by Diego Paciotto-Biggers

after waking up

once a day

God goes to the gym to lift the weight of the world

 

shortly after

he reaches into the cabinet pulls out a package

(“departed—5.19.16”)

and warms it in the microwave for 20 seconds

he proceeds to feed on the contents

to store them eternally in the safety of his ribcage

 

but they all taste the same these days

sour,

producers pumping them up with

pesticides

and he has to nudge too many to

the side

 

later he goes for a walk on his

Earth

 

today he watches his children

feed their ignorance to the sky

staining it gray

smudging his canvas

with naive fingers

 

grimacing, he waits in line to receive his paycheck

the others grinning

taunting him

“Why the long face, God?”

“Anyone still alive on that Earth? Huh? Lord Almighty?”

“Why even bother with Earth?”

“Earth? Hah…What a joke…”

 

he sat

watching his

      Earth

 

eventually his gaze turned to Mars and he wondered.

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