Banging Wrenches

You don’t need a story to feel powerful

Trapper Markelz
Mar 26, 2022


Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

Take away my synesthesia —
everything will be exactly what it is.

The sound of the mallet will stop
tasting like the sting of motor oil.

The migrant mechanics lived
in mobile homes in our boat yard

during the high summer. One guy told me:
you don’t need a story to feel powerful.

What he meant was: Always carry a shovel,
ruin and replace the sand in a bid to get clean.

Your movement will leave a rainbow sheen
on water. Someone will call the EPA.

©️ Trapper Markelz 2022

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Trapper Markelz

Trapper Markelz (he/him) is a poet who writes from Boston, MA. His work has appeared in numerous journals and publications. Check out