Alphabet of Longing
Alright, but caresses
For grindstone hands I'll...
Love more, nearest,
Steady the urn
violently wanted x.
Poem Thrown to the Fire in Disgust
Paper bags drift up into awkward birds
and fly across the lot, an empty neighborhood
of grass. The blades blow back,
exposing their paler sides.
The scientist might say
we should shovel the whole scene
into a glass aquarium. The soldier
might say fuck it, and blow it all away.
What I might say doesn't come to mind,
and hasn't since that awful,
leaving, unwilling, "still in love,"
at the end of the grass
where poetry turns
I could be dead.
It would explain some things
if I were floating above an accident,
tape my head to a stretcher.
If some collision could be called up
to justify the loss of peripheral vision,
movement, the person she called I and I called she,
to explain the tyranny of birds in a field.