Cherry

Courtesy: Rosemary Donahue

Courtesy: Rosemary Donahue

                                    not a birch
            not a weed
                        striped

            [char]

with nicks &
            bands

            [brace]
                       
of gold

an almond scent

            [herbal]


seeps
            from my
            broken

            [rack]

scarification    
            caterpillars      

            [race]
                                    between my knots

a sharp
            element
                       electric

            [breach]

[creak]

on
            the tongue

if you
dare to
taste heal me


At Thirteen

The task of the observer was to gaze at his/her reflected face within the mirror.
Usually, after less than a minute, the observer began to perceive the strange-face illusion.

                                                       –Giovanni B. Caputo

From the black hole
of my pupil, a version

[catalogue]       [foretelling]

of me has escaped.
Her nightgown


like a sail, sallow linen

[arc]                 [ornament]

against the moonless sky.


In the distance,
lightning licks

[interlace]         [coil]

from cloud
to ground.


She is so high, so far.

[transient]        [granulate]

No thunder sounds.