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Justin Blessinger

Jack the Ripper Tries his Hand at Paint-by-Number

I’m too unsteady for this
and the blasted drips on me
and all these horrid numbers
marking tenement addresses on lines
like alleys and paper streets.

Titanium white clots the bristles,
contaminates Prussian blue;
makes black a useless grey.

A patchwork
abutting colors with
their stark, ugly edges.
And some impoverished painter
rends his originals
into disembodied chunks

to make me feel better
about my talentless mitts
blunting hair against stoic canvas.


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