from the softest wings

16 Sep

here is how we will do this

you will build a sand castle

inside my ribcage

it will become your home

i will dig a moat around you

slice pieces of my sweetest organs

to feed the bad things who would

want to hunt you

my heart will be your bed

you will find the stacatto beat

to your liking

(though you like it slow)

any time you desire

even while i slumber

you will fly

from my mouth

a free bird

spiral yourself

up

into your own

sky

you will build a nest

around me

from the jagged incisor

15 Sep

once when i was 7

i climbed up to the

top of this jungle gym

steel beams shiny and enticing

all the way up to the sun

climbed because a

boy told me i couldn’t

i was wearing a

pink dress with a

delicate spray of red roses

on the shoulder

got to the top and the whole

world burst out in front of me

i was dizzy and drunk with power

as i stared down smiling and excited

and free

i lost my grip

my hands were too sweaty

fell to potential death

through the middle

hit the ground so fast that i

saw stars

every single bit of wind

was knocked out of me

felt like i had become the earth

struggled and kicked

tried to breathe

beat my fists into

scabby earth and grass

(breathe)

and then breath came

pinpricks at first

then painful sips of glass

then gulps of rusty iron teeth

my whole body felt like a bruise

and oh how i loved the

blood in my mouth

splattered on my pretty dress

the way my body staggered up

nearly 35 years later

i want that gift again

with you

red poppies, nothing else

14 Sep

i lift you up

turn your face to the sun

water you with the

morning

honeysuckle

one drop

at a time

as i brush your hair

with regret

quills

i offer a

patient hand

one

that feels the

brunt of all of your

sharpest

teeth

from the dahlias

11 Sep

i end up

moored to my own

beach

stringing plankton

from my throat

watching it coil

at my feet

legs scratched from

the coral that would

have held me fast

salt water stinging

my fresh net markings

the darkness

of the word love

drowns

easily

in

your

ocean

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