Flaps

Jim Daniels

Many drugs that are sold in powder form are often sold in “flaps,” small square pieces of shiny paper (such as magazine paper or lottery paper) folded into an envelope.

Cut and folded into triangles,
origami bee-sting buzz.

Playboy, often. Skin frag-
ment, cartoon pink.

Tiny slick sheets to be tucked
in. Careful funnel of anti-sandman.

Straight snort and sniffle.
Furtive clock scat.

Triangle in the pocket.
Predetermined pre-imagined

bliss. Easy to hide. To lose.
Worry about losing—

tap the pocket once more.
And again. Small enough

to resist sharing. Glossy
flesh, but not flesh.

When it’s gone, somebody
licks the paper.