they let you choose
the fingers they will chop off;
they let you pick the knuckle joint.
they hold down your hand
and the ax
where it falls and lands,
the whole length of two fingers,
the entire hand, crippling
the rest of the body
About the Author: Aden Thomas grew on the high plains of central Wyoming. His work has appeared in The Inflectionist Review and Rust + Moth. His first poetry collection, What Those Light Years Carry, was published by Kelsay Books in 2017.