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a joke I can laugh at with nobody else
the flap of a wing in a
falling card house
another left turn from a quivering mouth
you searched like you meant it
you wanted to find it
and crush it
or cradle it in your clumsy
“a fly-swatter’s just a fan
if you look at it
and I thought I believed you.
I patched myself up after every day’s
when you went off in search of more
stony smile on my lips and a pin
in my thumb
a taste of the unpleasant everything
the ripple of cloth and the dream of disdain
the pseudo-feathers there inside once
I held my hand there for a moment so
they could not fly away
you’re afraid of moths
but you could never know how they loved you
by every name.
love's austere and lonely officesi.love's austere and lonely offices by glossolalias
ronnie picks rose petals
and eats them, chews the pink to yellow
in his cigarette teeth. his sister, peggy,
asks how they taste, and he says, "good,
like whimsy and perfume," and picks three petals
fat with pigment and water; she tastes the first
and likes the second and the third is the sweet on her tongue
when ronnie dies of liver failure. she eats the reddest
blooms on his casket.
if tommy were a girl and jenny a boy,
the children would be perfect:
tommy with impish nose and nymph hands,
jenny rumbling with the rooneys from new city,
and mother frets for both their blond[e] heads.
peggy buys the twins paletas
but ronnie spends most days with grandpa.
he comes home and tells jenny they're blackfoot:
she could have been a warrior woman,
tommy a medicine man,
and mother wouldn't fret when tommy kisses jason.
ronnie is sixteen and thin.
willy is the youngest boy and clings to skirts,
plays with dolls because eva smothered him. tommy
pushes him down the stairs because jenny w
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