the violets snort without me tele comic scram bled which shannon? a wintry eye & high beams you’ve been silent skull popcorn friends help wilma! a ladder into the television I miss the winchell’s & a normal king’s dinner wallet toe$ a numbered eye a sporty nectarine a serious mammal a friend of the sun J. D. Nelson (b. 1971) experiments with words in his subterranean laboratory. His poetry has appeared in many small press publications, worldwide, since 2002. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Cinderella City (The Red Ceilings Press, 2012). Nelson’s poem, “to mask a little bird” was nominated for Best of the Net in 2021. Visit http://MadVerse.com for more information and links to his published work. His haiku blog is at http://JDNelson.net. Nelson lives in Colorado, USA.