ALIGNMENT




She knew it was a bad idea
to ask how he was doing,
or to tell him how she was,
but she
could draw him
out on the logical flaws

in a film they had both
disliked. 


She wants to make
their suspicions
align,
face forward

like two doves on a wire –
good pupils. 


She wakes up
when the girl hides
in the old woman’s house
so now
either the madman will kill her
or nothing further will occur. 







THE COUPLE




I compare notes
and snip.


More matches!

You. You
know it’s


a very fine line.


*


If I
am really speaking to you


from inside
the echo chamber


where you float,
then something’s wrong.



*

Ka-Ching!


I grow a bony plate
around you.


Now,
what do you think? 










PLACE MARK




Shiva arms
of the potato vine


so eager to unleash
this bloom


they can spare only a few
dark leaves.



*


Tip
of the thrust


only,

like a distant
spark


chipped off

and marking
space.



*

“I feel it,”
I said


and you came. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
DEVICE




The observer
is a device


(used by whom?)

to shrink time
to” the present.”


*

Remember “escapism?”



*

In every mall,
World Market or Pier One


with their bins of
machine-dyed, glitter drizzled


elephants. 





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