another any day
with you-

like nothing
i’ve lived
within

this skin,

while outside
our two
star

fortress,

i’m deaf to
screams
of

let me
in-

through walls
bored
thin.

a fish blinding
in beauty,

fin feathers
circling,

tail tassels brush
shivers
over

shivers,

can’t
shake the

shackles, her clutch
my ankles

half frozen,
half..

stuck

to
the
bottom

of what? out
of binds?
out of
air?

no such
luck-

please
play
fair.

pirate radio-
crank it
up,

walk a plank
while love
drunk,

shout back at
big brother,

wave to drone lights
drawing closer,
metal

hummingbirds
hover-

i grin to hide what
i’m thinking

this isn’t
over.

nostalgic

for dandelions
in ditches,

recycling collectable
obsessions,

for the novelty
of thrills,

declined and shown
the trap
door,

for my plastic
can’t afford

no magic
pills.

could never tell me
me where

she came
from

like she’d been
buried there

in some
colder life,

framed and fading
on sponge
paint

walls,

wonder if she knew
i held a lit
space

for her secrets
even as

she kept
them
all.

not even home
from a

wind blown
week-

we’re already
playing

hide and don’t
speak..

i don’t know
what

you’re thinking so
please stop
assuming
i meant
harm,

cause it
hurts.

deflect
as you may,

i’d rather plunge
the fathoms

in your
eyes,

blinded by each
pearl, than

turn from the hand
of drowning
girl-

lost in prayer
as desert
island
man.