Read With Me

Malo baño, conmigo prima en Sábado

with the water in the bathroom running hot then cold there is sound to muffle the off-beat bump of skin

and i think of steamy TV-scenes as north stars to guide her grabbing hold with the water in the bathroom running hot then cold

an older sibling declares two cousins play wet & unclothed this ties me to a relative’s lips and hips in ways i was told are exciting

with the water in the bathroom running hot then cold there is sound to muffle off-beat bump of skin

we are steaming in a shimmer of fear that leads to uneasiness but instructs are clear ”play until i come back or until he is done”

while the water in the bathroom runs hot then cold again there is sound to muffle the clumsy skin & wetness

and i act like the movie men do when their faces are scrunching while the water in the bathroom runs hot then cold again

i press and she forwards all movement no rhythm to please the supervising-adult – a locked door & darkness —

while the water in the bathroom runs hot then cold again there is sound to muffle the touching skin & wetness

it ends when she calls: dinner is ready now stop and keep this quiet


No Jewels

Nothing to offer

But remembers (without whys)

To a Fall I raked

Bagged and placed on the

Curb — cliché-close to the cans

Waiting for trash day

Refuse

Never feel afraid

To find refuge and freedom

From terrible hands

And demon minds

Selfish love

That hates

How you love

Yourself