Give me an inkling of land and I will use it to
populate my house with kids,
I will build memories like walls around the fireplace
wherein lies my heart,
the pool will be green because that color
saves babies from fires and gives meaning
to black and white,
it illuminates them like a
glowstick and yet still manages to
tantalize my heart, I love it so.
I will keep that.

And in my study I will put a cross that I
can smash in half with an axe when
anything bad happens and pray to
when things go my way,
because I am an honest man.
When I leave the house I will burn the study.


Samuel Pihan lives in Portland, ME. His work has been previously published in the American Journal of Poetry. He was born in Boston, MA to Chilean parents.