Want a little smoke in the alley. Want a little kiss in the
Cornfield. Am parched, papery as an old hive. Open
Your arms wide for me now, love; show me the nothing
That is surely up your sleeves. Here there is a single word
That means the girl will come this way soon. Here there is
A girl who will make you her favorite in the morning
Just to leave you at noon. Wake me into your arms,
Love; set yourself up for a fall, a fool. Figure that the
Distraction you provide is just someone’s version of a
Golden rule. If I only had a brain that wasn’t paid for.
Pour yourself into your work, dear—pull yourself together.
Cinch my love like a lit wick between your fingers. But
Remember: you get what you stay for. If country accident,
Then city conspiracy; if sweat on the small of the back, then
The wet feathers of a new-hatched bird. Fashion a proper
Fetish of my hair, the loose strands you find like indictment
All around you, the prop the actor needs to stay in character.
Tinker with your lines but hit your mark, the way shapes—
The lamp, the chair—emerge out of the dodgy dark like
Cartilage once our eyes adjust, love, once we while away
Our hours: you & your bed are cut from the same cloth.