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SQUELETTES

By Jon Stone.

after Raymond Queneau, Super Mario Brothers 3, Grim Fandango, Killer Instinct, Chrono Cross, Guardian Heroes

Domino

Silver toe     Tricky customer Lazy jaw
     Double cross

Waxed snath     Fresh clients    Flowered mouths
     Double hook

Chipped chine    Picked clean    Fragrant sockets
     Double jab

     Do not go
     bareknuckle
     into
     the sleazy night
     Luck
     will dog you
     ever after

Stuck grin     Damned spot     Long count
     Ground teeth

Spinal

Ragged flag    Ravaged sloop    Cursed sleep
     Searing skull

Knotted reef    Buckled boots    Ghost muscle
     Spectral skull

Spliced eye    Splintered deck Lost cove
     Stacked skulls

     Yahaha
     haha
     hahaha
     haha
     ha
     hahaha
     Yo ho

Spook crew    Broken keel    Salted tentacle
     Shook bones

Undead Hero

No itching    No hunger    No thrum
     Savage lunge

No blisters    No sunburn    No gloom
     Savage lunge

No shiver    No candle    No flame
     Savage lunge

     It’s the weapon
     moves the hand
     moves the armour
     moves the mind
     The gone mind
     with its
     raggy red curtains

No stitches    No bruising    No tomb
    Savage lunge

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jon Stone is a London-based poet who publishes collaborative interdisciplinary anthologies with Sidekick Books. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2012 and is currently researching a PhD in poetry-game hybrids. His most recent solo publication is Tomboys (Tungsten Press, 2016), a sequence of three anime-inspired colour calligrams. @shotscarecrow

First published in 3:AM Magazine: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017.