after Hiromu Arakawa’s Full Metal Alchemist


liberal arts colleges should let you

try your hand at alchemy

a humanity of the hard sciences


transmuting my body without anesthesia

some organic compound measured

to the milligram

others a few dashes in

turning lead to gold is the stuff of nonbelievers

and the close-minded


an equivalent exchange of my chest

for something more useful

like a student loan payment

and with that alchemic circle drawn

i’ll stand inside and chant my decree

that i learned from alchemy 101.