From the forthcoming How the Crimes Happened. This, in a nutshell, is how they happened.
Clumsy bones, sweet stumbled heart,
wail your crack-brained tears,
hunt me in the dark,
shake me blue, crush me in your wire fingers,
kiss my jagged mouth,
open me wide,
shove heartbreak through my hundred
stubborn veins, play me for a fool, I’m so,
unsatisfied, oh clutch my throat,
cry for me, over and over,
I bite fingers, I lick salt.
[first published in the Cafe Review]
Dinner tonight: pork chops, shiitake mushrooms, pilaf, salad; and please, please, no sick children.