I myself should never have been born
love is a soggy tea stain on a grocery receipt
You are strange, my mother said, dwelling on the past.
I’msorry I‘ll see what happens iLife
Lights on the dashboard spell out
“You still can’t kiss me”
I am not a guide
for every traveler
my love is a glass shard, a knife made of madness and moonlight,
and there are already way too many fragments in this house
If my life was the size of my arm, I would stretch it out for you.
The sin is existing.
If America is Babylon / and you are an exile / newly arrived among pagans / Catholic, ‘Ngolan, Black, woman / you already know how to pray
Now that the Israeli has left, it falls
on me to make the salad.
I would always rather be happy than
dignified. Rather held than held
we drove on through
the blue seal of morning as the turbines
turned and winked out their hearts
The two of us toast to a man we both love, to whatever degree, clink our glasses and laugh…
I have observed, the theorist
I have an axe
with hearts gashed
He has stories that I am not in
anymore. It’s healed this way.
my father holds
his favorite drink
a wet world
Winter sat like a wolf
on the horizon.