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IRON PENNIES by Michael Brockley (Inspired by “Possibilities” by Wislawa Szymborska) I choose Mexican wedding cakes, crunchy peanut butter and persimmon pudding. I choose Chevrolets on Kansas highways on November nights. I choose cheerleaders on teams with no trophies. Brunettes in black dresses. The virgin saints. I choose German shepherds, oracles that howl at thunder. I choose the Ghost Who Walks over Superman. Marvel over D.C. I choose unrequited love. And those Grimm’s fairy tales refulgent with bitter queens. I choose deafness. I choose the buzz of wasps plotting new revolts in their January nests. I choose Calvin and Hobbes. And the enemy who is us. On the day the ACME anvil falls, I choose Wile E. Coyote. I choose a stranger's Pandora's box. After last call, I choose saxophone solos and westbound trains. I choose the day after in Triggering Town and the leap between needing and wanting. I choose the stiff arm. I choose the spin move. Soundtracks of songs with “run” in their titles. Silver Certificates and iron pennies. And dictionaries written to rescue extinct words. I choose Rosalita. I choose Ruthie in her honky-tonk lagoon. I choose van Gogh. No, I choose Miró and Breakfast of Champions. I choose the god who chose not t