The Law of Truly Large Numbers

The Law of Truly Large Numbers
by Jennifer Conlon

says soldiers have grenades for heads
says you can survive with no limbs
like an appendix

The Law of Truly Large Numbers
says you can find god in a deployment letter
you can be every piece
brought back
in a sack built around the one long zipper

The Law of Truly Large Numbers
sees you sleep-walking
lays bubble wrap in your path
wakes you with warm milk

The Law of Truly Large Numbers
tells you that every tragedy has
already happened and you don’t
get a handout

The Law of Truly Large Numbers
says you can kill 700 deer today
and eat each one with a spoon

The Law of Truly Large Numbers
comes by for a drink
asks if it can sleep on your couch
after you say no to the bed

The Law of Truly Large Numbers
says that PTSD tastes of rotting oyster shell
and you won’t drown from eating it

The Law of Truly Large Numbers
eats breakfast with a newspaper in its lap
asks you how was the war

Issue number: 
1.1
Author biography: 

Jennifer Conlon lives in Tempe, AZ and hails from North Carolina. She is a poetry candidate in ASU’s MFA program, where she also teaches freshman composition and poetry, and serves as the First Looks Editor of Hayden’s Ferry Review. Her poems have been published by Four Chambers Press and Hiedra Magazine. These three poems are inspired by the experience of watching her brother return from war. They inspect both the internal, individual structures of trauma as well as the ungraspable numbers of those affected.