A Person of Interest

A Person of Interest

The faded certificate attested
to his birth at St. Joseph’s Hospital
in Butte, Montana,

on that ordinary day
in June of 1941 

no matter the insistent screams
of scam 
from his DNA, 

pioneer of the  
Valley of Neander.

But as he explored
his dictionary
that day,

a hairy comet pierced
Earth’s atmosphere,
slowed and exploded

down the
page of

A starry glint of realization
lit his eyes
and warmed his soul

while thick lips relished
the final syllable—


and he realized then,
at long last,

he’d found his true identity.

. . . j

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