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One day I laid down the bruise of you

In those five-inch stilettos,
she thought you were fierce.
You wanted to patent-leather wound.

But I was watching the entire time.

Rubber suit, leather crotch, paper cut,
lucky dragon, loose buttons, dirty feet.

If this is the nadir, my wrist is already broken;
hit me with everything—
slanted wigs, rotten fruit, shattered glass.

But no more on my knees at the keyhole.
No smeared-lip vendetta. Your nomad cunt
keeps coming back, but the locks have frozen,
the whip gone missing.

Once I sat alone in a velvet theater.
I imagined you inside me.
That was enough.

Tiny fist curled, like a bird:
wings beating in the nest.

A pocketful of feathers.

Most accidents happen close to home.
Posted 02/08/13
This poem was previously published in Poemmemoirstory Issue 9.