cedar chest

18 Jul

on his stage he is

king

he shouts the same

refrain

people

no

more

as he paces

hands gesturing

plucking things from

the very

air

helicopter

arms

he squats down low

stops speaking

listens to

god speak

from

the cement

rises as if

on fire

people

no

more

from the jewel box

17 Jul

sitting cross legged

under the

glare of the

moon

i will put you down

gently

something i learned

almost too late

when the wreckage

was cleared

the real life

exploded

gentle

a thing that others

seemed to

carry under their

tongues

infused in their

very

fingertips

pulsed from

the sweat

of a

good day

gentle

moments between

moments

that means

still

static

hush

nothing so novel

distinctive

and heady as

putting you

down

gently

from the snow globe

15 Jul

static soaring

over my own

body

again

i pluck your precious

thorns from my side

again

i line each one

on my window sill

unbind my hair

unlock the gates

of song from

my throat

the thorns they say

nothing

still in their

perfect v formation

there the sun presses

against glass

confused

that

anything so

dark

could

be called

my

darling

tie a string

15 Jul

as everything

became

golden

wild blackberries

worth the pain

of getting

close

eating

one

after another

after

another

perfectly ripe

visions

you could

hear

my

heart

swallow itself

then

leaving

teeth marks

in the

hollow

neck

of the moon

morning jade

15 Jul

red clover

in the middle of

your field

stretching up

every morning to

greet your

ghost

ankle

dewy

regretful

clover

in love with

another

sweet

drunk

honey bee

who

discovered

figs and honey

are

that damn

perfect

blue jay

12 Jul

up as fast as possible

with every thought

to kill the sun

to tear into the dark

as a hungry

lover

waste no part

of the night

make the

weather

tame

pets

panting

heeled

up as slow

as possible

oscillate

become

stardust

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