Finis Origine Pendet
(A Villanelle in iambic tetrameter with apologies to Elizabeth Bishop)
by Brock Savage


Individual, by some strange process, retraces the path of evolution and becomes amphibious.

A fish on dry land — an upstart,
then monsters, then mammoths, then man.
The end depends upon the start.

About the Author

Brock Savage likes pie. A graduate of fancy schmancy schools, he’s a disappointment to himself more than anyone else. He continues to write, direct, perform, and contemplate the use of the terminal comma in hopes of someday marrying well. He lives, unironically, in Queens.