Untitled This is obsession: To dig deeper, expose the flesh. I Want To Break you open Like a tropical fruit Separate the pulp from rind And lay the seeds on the table One By One. In neat rows, Smooth and polished like diviners stones: Past Present and, -no, we mustn’t be presumptuous…I think,- Future […]
The Dream In my dream You were ashamed of your cigarettes Your wild, black woman’s hair, almost aboriginal Green eyes that were not actually green, Peeking out of white woman’s flesh. Unwittingly trapped between two worlds Unfazed by your unrulyness, I invited you into my car, And let you drive yourself home, But the police […]
7/25/10 3:05am. Temptation Meditation Its always something or other twisted around the twisted sheets. Hot, Sticky, “Oh, you look tired” they will say, The next day In Church. Ensue the list of explanations. None out of the ordinary Or worth bragging about. Instead of your flesh, [Whoever you are, Whoever you prove to be] I […]
Bone of bone, And flesh of flesh. Made to last, But born to break By the light of the world Hiding under my basket, The virgin, never passed The iron gate To light her wick, Her oil replenished But unused. The bridegroom, long departed. A speck on the horizon Trailed by the faithful, Thirsty for […]
Radio Man sings of bruised euphoria And I hate him. For narrating this string of passing scenes So incisively; For stealing my chance To name my pain So effectively, I pass Inattentively Through small victories: A drive on the highway, another pound lost, a promotion. Surveying the ache for white flags, daily But my hands always come back […]
And then there’s the pain. Your eyes are suddenly overcast. My heart sinks in my chest- An unwelcome reflex. I feel like I’m starting to lose where I end, And where I begin: I am afraid. Terrified, actually, That this, Is going to be just last time: Years, Spent crushed, Under my own, Optimism. Maybe […]
I was raised in a family of animals And so I can tolerate When I am sometimes To you Something Less than human. Have you ever asked the beast of burden Whether or not he enjoys The crushing force of another’s weight?