‘I am looking at pictures on a very large / chair in a room with white / walls my mother wipes daily. / Her shoulder is a shelter on which I arrange / rock formations to resemble skin burdens.’
The Flower Peddler
He stopped to light fire to
a paper television and a car.
Sent to another heaven
she receives the chrysanthemum
and jasmine tendered
by his hands. They breathe
the air her box
contains. We cultivate
the truest blue the sky
shows in winter. But he
does not open his coat
when the sun comes. I flew
into a bed of stargazer lilies, he says,
I believed she had returned home.
Her Shoulder is a Shelter
Until now we had been looking at pictures
of tree-lined streets and sun
shimmering between leaves.
She paints sight as moving color
to break open the world.
Over downy cloud
clusters I see her blue
press into other rooms.
I am looking at pictures on a very large
chair in a room with white
walls my mother wipes daily.
Her shoulder is a shelter on which I arrange
rock formations to resemble skin burdens.
One of three who is one of none
who are the thin newspaper cuts
she collages Sunday coupons and pens
women, hand in hand?
who is who.
I dream I am a bird
but here I am a rabbit
or a bear, drawn
noses and anchor mouths. These
torn papers are stacked in a box.
They are envelopes
and birthday notes.
I write to her over the Internet.
It is nice to write
you in a cached textbox.
What to do with this capacious heart
a mouse propositions his room it
beats and echoes and shakes I
shall make it my hot air balloon
he says to himself quickly pinning
twine to the pulmonary valve and with
an alpine butterfly in a wicker laundry
basket off he goes the heart bellows
the ventricles embrace its pushing
through the window now the mouse
watches the exterior of his room
recede and all the while he feels
impossibly larger in this ascension
he’s learned he smarts what
awaits his wonders in the air
he hovers there is a cloud there
are five and less the turf directly
below we see the beginnings
of a truth in the clawed feet
of the little thing we watch