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Pyritedelicately he beads those crystal words
onto a thread, onto
one throat-encompassing string
then he pulls those sparking pleasantries
tighter, tighter, tighter, knots
at both ends
all the while singing her praises
stoking that black fire with nicotine
making her need him to breathe
deep efforts with shallow results
down, down, down, down, under
until her empty spaces are filled with
his empty promises
he tells me inner
beauty is inside of me
where he wants to be
642019"I wrote something
today," I told the
caterpillars on my desk
for the six hundred
time, clutching words
in my fist like a
loose-leaf cocoon, wings
beating hard at my fingertips like
they want to
I peeled the paper
back and watched
a brown moth
twitch and die
in my hands
damn it, crumpled it up and
tossed it with the rest
of the failed
IowaIf you visit Iowa,
you'll call her fields empty,
but she wasn't born that way.
A part of her was carved out
when she was ripped between Virginia
and the purple mountains of New Mexico.
Her gold hair, she tore it out when she realized
it didn't make her a princess.
She laid her locks strung along every road
leading somewhere else.
White hairs on her cheeks
are scars from winter.
Her hair darkens with the dampness
of summer rains.
The storms are never silent,
but neither is life when there's a tear
in your childhood where
a parent ought to be.
I've been flooded by Iowa's sorrow.
The only way I can distract her from her own voided landscape
is if I hate myself harder than she cries.
She just wants to fly
and I want to bus or train,
not because I fear death, but because
I want to take living slow.
It's the only way I ever feel.
From the air it's hard to watch Earth's hips move.
But Earth can't compare to the country.
That's my girl.
Full grown even when harvesting season's j
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