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
At prayer I slipped the cool mineral
between my gown & heart. Stippled.
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