dirty light

“The shutters were stuck. Then I grew absent minded.”
Des Moines Register, Iowa, July 3, 1938

stretching beyond monetary value: this is more freedom than security can buy
if I wake up open to what will unfold I am ready to claim I had a good day
specific as somatic memories stored in the creases of my expanding curves

& still         I rescue myself when hope feels violent as an open hand
where fortune’s fault line is externalized validation
found nested into dreams of trying to get somewhere while my body craves stillness

              I press the coffee before anything begins

remember when we took turns burning wishes into the folds of our stomachs?
the safest place we could think of because no one dared touch us there
letting our expectations reduce us to conclusions unfortunately true

I heard you took my name and sewed it into your eyelids
stitches fragile as trusting strangers & friends
an exquisite waltz like light shining in distant flat darkness

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