Resurrected incorrectly, Spill-O
couldn't find his wallet or his pride.

There was a pan by his bed
where he'd meant to throw up
one of his dinners.

See me. Wouldn't want to be me,
he said into the mirror.

He checked with the insurance company
and hired an audience for his troubles.
Under the kind lights,
Spill-O's woes danced and multiplied
until he could not speak with the trees
or the fire hydrants, the birds or the chain-link fences.

His heart sank until it hit water.
Spill-O started to dig a well.

Colin Dodds grew up in Massachusetts and completed his education in New York City. He’s the author of several novels, including WINDFALL and The Last Bad Job, which the late Norman Mailer touted as showing “something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people.” Dodds’ screenplay, Refreshment, was named a semi-finalist in the 2010 American Zoetrope Contest. His poetry has appeared in more than a hundred publications, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Samantha. You can find more of his work at