national anthology of the best undergraduate writing 2014
Honorable Mention in Poetry

Welcome

Robert Miller  • 
St. Olaf College

to the public museum

of road kill,

where you can explore
 
animal anatomy by foot

or be left

to learn
 
the taste of acid

curdled, as the dead do

just before they pass,
 
or to think of rotting

as time,

to learn what lies beyond
 
swarms of flies. Attention is admission

and the hours are unbearable,

drawn long in decay
 
with each passing.

There is less to see

and more to uncover
 
as the hair

and then flesh fall

away, revealing
 
the secrets of bodies. Peering between bones,

an effort to study

a muddied diorama of what is
 
left behind when we

too

find our bodies

on display.