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Crooked Light

I love you, December,

your dusks iodine

as tea that scolds the water.

Your sickle glimpses,

grouted hemlock, hollies,

satin-black at evening,

wincing in mid-day’s

cracked, cutlery glare.

I drink your ending,

ice of childhood, pond

thick as my waist but condensed

as seed, secret in a waiting place.

Skating, skating against sadness,

I suckle you, Paradise.

Yearn for me. Bent & bird-ricked,

be a fiction I believe.

from OrexiaFind it in the library

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Temple Solstice

Glinty as spittle,
prink of shortest-day sun

straddles the black ridge,

vault whose ancient pewter speech,
parsed by cloud-cleaved

pulmonary geese, pulsed leaves,

draws me into ohmming hemlocks,
saint’s sleeves,

vulnerable resinous wrists.

Beyond or suffused with pain?
Both. Even the moon

does not speak my language

as many times as we’ve conversed.
Comb me, tricked-up wind.

Quick, before you change your polar name.

from OrexiaFind it in the library

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Worry Yoga

A sheer pleat of hamstrung distraction,

the heart opens, says the teacher.

Don’t push so hard with the eyes—

let the world see you—this while touching

my fontanel as a cruciform jet

scores a corset of cloud filling the high window.

In the studio, on whose account

do I recall myself again, scumble

of vexation in a child’s pose.

Is it masochistic to think

while following the open hand as it traces

lost houses, loves, states of mind?

I know you feel them, too, the holes

slipped into the torso—sorry, story.

Palms pressed, I unbend,

follow the vertebral way,

hold an “o” before my ribcage,

space the size of the green stone,

marbled lode from a land of sorrow.

The burr in worry, “r’s” like hitchhiker seeds,

arcing lures that bend, twist away,

then float slowly home. Freedom is the first

and our last urge. It breathes us.

I adjust, one needing

such juxtapositions.

At prayer I slipped the cool mineral

between my gown & heart. Stippled.

from OrexiaFind it in the library

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