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Fragment 5.31.13

We never learned how
To spell forgiveness with
Anything more than stolen pens,
On anything more than late-night-diner napkins.

Only thing we ever practiced were
“fuck you’s,”
And
“fuck me harder’s,”
And
all of the ways
We’d McGuyver
Band-aids over our
broken parts.

We tried to
Shatter each other
into pieces that would
finish puzzles of paintings
we lost the boxes for.

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"Comin for to Carry Me Home" (Freewrite - 3.5.13)

Some nights she was

a double-take-smile

an affirmation by soft-eyes and fluttering lashes

that hobbled like me wasn’t quite sure what to call

a proof that fit for photographs was possible

for a misprint puzzle piece that never made it to the box

a post-modern sculptor able to see art in me;

I would have lived in her hands.

Other nights she was

a swift machete swung

low,

swung chariot,

swung like her father taught her,

like comes natural to her,

like she swung all her life,

good follow through;

the kind of sweeping shot to legs

that reminds you of your damaged parts and

all the things you’ve learned to walk through

your wobbling knees; atrophies you had

forgotten were ever not a part of you

that turns prosthesis into

paper mache and

reminds you that before your

feet found this callous

that the coals used to feel hot

I never

go to sleep

ungrateful.

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Sernyl

she:
undressed, or maybe
sun dressed; set
herself, her source, her fire
down past horizon
became moonlit
in a dark room
above a sea of quilted
wing fragments

she:
floated up towards the ceiling
like feathers were never
necessary ingredients for
her fly, says she
doesn’t have a twin, but
I listened as

she:
became her own
reflection, watched
her voice become
an echo of a collision, between
bodies, between airborne and landlocked,
reverberations of beautiful crash landings
sing out into this space like
time signatures on love ballads
I hope become standards
I would love to hear my
children one day mimic
her cadance

she:
tastes like earth,
carbon and sulfur and sediment
like sky
pushed Seraphim
I understand why they
gathered up remnants
of her, reverent
and named the drug
angel dust