upon closer examination, it is not a scarf


Only the thin liquid crystal
          screen separates us
& I can rewind the video
          so I do,
watch the man throw
          his eleven-month old girl off the roof
over & over &
          over again. I saw it first streaming
over my Facebook,
          a blip descending scream
sandwiched between ten facts about
          anxiety that I probably won't believe
and an ad for the diapers
          I do not yet know I want,
the autoplays of Subarus
           & pain relief,
a reminder that gravity
           like fatherhood
is a neutral,
           irreversible force.
           the video backwards
here is what
           I see: the baby
girl leaping up
           the lip of roof
to her daddy's open hands
           his soft hands undoing
over & over &
           over again
the weightless,
           ribboning noose.



James Fujinami Moore xxxx