Like a snake shedding its skin;
fear blooms with smell—
Butterflies buckle turquoise in the swamp;
water swallows a generation;
I plunge into a jungle of prehistoria
Mud, sweat and tears
carry a boat to a secret cave,
His cries stream from a mountainhome,
flags mark where the victors rewrote our books.
As earth crusts collide to birth
Caverns of sapphire and philosophers’ stone.
They sit young, like new store bought candlesticks, the teapot calls the teacup black, his hair drips wax down his pants, like honeycomb. The cigarettes combust in her loneliness, pride kissed the cat, they call for more coffee. You’d think they’d be leaving, but no one is. The mirrors watch the teaspoons rust and her lips melt from heartbreak into the ice cream sundae sandwich root beer float banana split. It is too cold outside to sleep.