COMING OUT

 

1

The Alphas, The Incredibles, The X-Men,
characters with freak abilities,
are being suppressed,
regulated,
in the name of society,
until, finally,
they break out, use
their power
as they please.

Now, for “ability”
read wealth.

 

2


Say you’re hiding nothing.

Say blood creeps
through your skeleton,

which is upright,
gnarled, brown,

and hung with a thousand
clean slates

 

3


Let’s not rationalize taste!

A mound
of dark
loose dirt

with a small hole
on top:

a pucker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


                    HALF LIVES

 


In coordinated universal time,

a second

is a decimal

place between two

ground states

of the cesium...

Seizure?

Do you know

how you got here?

Little center-stitched scrap

of white. Madcap,

veering off.

Is there something better

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          MEETING EXPECTATIONS

 

 

Full frontal purple
discs, small flowers
of the potato vine,

so wide open
they’re flat.

 

*

 

A pigeon’s ritual pecks
at the concrete.

Satisfactory.

So you say,
“Facts are facts.”

 

*

 

In order to produce this
piercing, hysterical laugh,

a woman shocks her infant
again and again

with a green parrot
hand puppet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


                STILL AND ALL

 

1


Since we’ve grown,
it’s reasonable to think
we’re shape-shifters,

that the pink hibiscus
with its protruding stamen
is a french kiss

we might still exchange.

 

*

 

Sun laminates
the shallows

and an old woman
is dressed in gold lame.

 

2

The sea’s white blurts
do all the talking

here,
lift the weight

I only then
begin to feel.

 

*

 

Still,
in my nightmare

the doors all
look alike.

 

 

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