An Everyday Dementia 

I hear a frog croak in the dishwasher
I wash a single memory down the sink

look up above the toilet bowl 
a painting of a housefly eating the head of another housefly

If there’s ever been such a thing as a frog
I would keep a puddle of its greens its blues – yellow eyes in a grocery bag

in the bathtub I find a man in his eighties dead for weeks
hit his head on the corner of the bathtub mostly liquid

I hide in the oven play with an abacus how does it work?
numbers numbers numbers
a frog jumps out of my mouth

later my diorama of the scene just isn’t right
shift the matchbox television inches to the left sprinkle 
cut up napkins onto the floor replace man 
with frog

Photo by Natasha Connell on Unsplash

Shin Watanabe

Shin Watanabe was born in Gainesville, Florida and has lived in New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Nevada. He studied philosophy at the University of Minnesota and received an MFA in poetry at the University of Las Vegas. Shin is currently a PhD candidate in English with a creative dissertation in poetry at Binghamton University. His work has been published previously in the Colorado Review and the I-70 Review.