Graduating From Eternity
The Living City
The church mouse moans.
The rheumy-eyed gutter pigeon,
A cuckolded swan skewers a leisure-minded toad
Wasps with belts of fire swarm the sweaty month of the ant.
Beautiful black-limbed asbestos roaches with scalloped noses
A mosquito with a shaved tongue and a small brass heart
while a cricket bleeds fallopian oil into a bed
Butterflies with suitcases of pearl
And the honey bee drops like a bomb its prescription of sugar.
The manna-filled city rat. Quixote invert. Lover of toenails.
Throat like a used tire.
Skin as cold as a capital letter.
Hungers for a chunk of discarded Polish deli sandwich
His eyes, uncut diamonds, pulled from the lies of many stones.
The buzzing midsection of the yeast fizzes
His lips like stove pipe shavings, curl.
And those ears, rising like aerials, fill
He runs like love in the rain
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