We are planetary bodies separated by
Gravity, swollen red bellies
Pushing into night. You bit
Into me and spilled my
And if there is a different
Way to love you, I don’t know it.
I love you raw, tears welling,
Rib cage exposed.
You get near me like a forked tongue,
Clean up my brain, leave
pronged imprints. You are a
Dark smoky room, a driving beat, a red light.
I am swaying my hips on the bass line.
I am bared teeth, bare knuckles,
I look at you across the room I don’t say
I bite my tongue, my lip, the
Insides of my cheeks. I leave you in peace and I don’t sleep.
Rain steams off the sidewalk in the city and the light stays
Lit up there where you are
All red lips.
I don’t want to think about them on her skin
Anywhere, you might as well
Burn a mark into her cheek.
I can’t look away.
Look, I’m going back to
Whereever I came from I’m not thinking about
Heart ripped out love,
The way you don’t talk to me anymore.
I want to climb into your lap,
I want your hands in my hair I want your
They can burn me right where my hip bones curve out, right on the
Insides of my thighs, on the
Back of my neck under my hair.
The truth is I would not want this the wrong way,
I stepped back, too, I know.
I stepped up to the edge of your peace but did not cross
Because I’m not out to
Like my parents before me.
But I keep dreaming about you and I don’t know what that means.
In the dreams I have this
I want to lash out, I want to lay down.
I want to package up these poems,
Bad poems, too many poems, send them
To your place of business, certified,
Make you sign for them.
I am always going to be standing in the street, in the snow, looking up at you with
Everything and nothing on my tongue.
You will always be moving away.