sisters of perverse desire
right after all this is it they warn
on the telephone a threat low and forgotten
with broken tooth pain at the mention of his
his name in the bath his name in the elevat
name breathing breathing breathing in her blue
her blue sheets seed on the floor of the car
off the road into the tree lake careen
animal snort the splayed wind
locked swallow swallow
knows how night curls
You said sheath, a short story,
a boy frozen in a lake. You said builds
a fire, takes off her clothes, reads
It was simply a misunderstanding.
You meant protein, effervescent.
I poked holes in the ice with
of grass, carried an axe, an empty pickle
jar. His eyes
were open. His mouth formed
the word prune. He might have
whistling. He wore corrective shoes.
You said sheath,
I heard tissue, flesh
There was a war room, and trout bent
pale green reeds, a kind of sickness
like sleeping pills or
You said sheath, and I heard a
of skin, a condom, a dog's penis
I covered him with linen napkins.