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good winters are not green
unknown

I’ve seen the party-goer’s text.
 1
 
 
I’ve seen the rules unfold the red crosses.
 2
 
 
Good Geckos drop their infrequency
 3
and slow their spins with the miracle
 4
of a molecule to begin to dissolve
 5
their embarrassment that even their
 6
cold blood is unable to keep appearances
 7
of frost from rising across the empty
 8
canvas of God A.
 9
 
 
You were my reliability.
 10
 
 
You were mine
 11
once.
 12
 
 
Suicides an option.
 13
 
 
Now narrowly fit betwixt
 14
the yarrow and broken up.
 15
 
 
Hurry back to your return,
 16
we have of course been here
 17
in this home, before.
 18
 
 
I’ve seen you harmed.
 19
 
 
By apologies
 20
I apologize.
 21
 
 
 
 
§
 22
 
 
 
 
The Sun splinters/The noxious darkness
 23
blackened my masks.
 24
 
 
 
 
§
 25
 
 
 
 
I imagine your drumsticks
 26
harbor anchors in this habitat.
 27
 
 
 
 
And I whine, and whine, and march
 28
like a soldier in vain.
 29
 
 
This is hidden in the words you brought
 30
alive.
 31
 
 
beautiful but broken.
 32
 
 
There is an ivory butter knife jotting notes in the air after
 33
spreading concrete over the heart the knife juts
 34
from like
 35
rumors.
 36
 
 
Keep pretending it’s the roots
 37
responsible for your mannequin
 38
posse.
 39
 
 
You’d never break
 40
under pressure
 41
beneath the weight
 42
of your studies
 43
of the air’s movement
 44
while the words watch
 45
them wash over you
 46
in waves.
 47
 
 
Be saved,
 48
I will keep you
 49
 
 
alive.
 50
 
 
 
 
§
 51
 
 
 
 
Don’t listen to a word
 52
they say, you are
 53
 
 
magnanimous.
 54
 
 
 
 
§
 55
 
 
 
 
Lost in the lumber
 56
of dreamy listlessness
 57
you entangle me lovingly
 58
like a long lost particle
 59
home at long last.
 60
 
 
You brought home
 61
to me instead.
 62
 
 
My vision of our futures
 63
resolved into hieroglyphics
 64
in neon maroons.
 65
 
 
This ceremony you tore
 66
tendons to is tenacious
 67
and rusts out
 68
 
 
on Mars
 69
 
 
bars.
 70
 
 
 
 
§
 71
 
 
 
 
The tiger’s blood
 72
stains her smile.
 73
 
 
So I cry out
 74
of glee.
 75
 
 
 
 
§
 76
 
 
 
 
Yes you were
 77
drunk, but Love,
 78
out of love love
 79
was on our sides
 80
 
 
like Henna.
 81
 
 
You are your
 82
favorite tune.
 83
 
 
Rapping around
 84
a streetlight.
 85
 
 
I waited for you
 86
to write the ship
 87
you would
 88
use to use me
 89
 
 
like heroin.
 90
 
 
With your veins
 91
fleshing out the filaments
 92
 
 
in the spring
 93
beneath your dreams
 94
in the card-
 95
board box.
 96
 
 
It was all you
 97
 
 
knew.
 98
 
 
 
 
§
 99
 
 
 
 
New twines thread the puckered. You are newly
 100
cucked
 101
like the newest full moon I study in the cavernous
 102
lands
 103
of your teeth. ‘Come down to us’ you pled in plushy
 104
tons-
 105
illectomies. Your uncouth display frightening patterns.
 106
 
 
Bring us back to the extinguisher spraying purple
 107
paint
 108
at all hours across the Frost poem wheat-pasted on
 109
wheat
 110
in the nightlight.
 111
 
 
 
 
§
 112
 
 
 
 
I told you they lie
 113
in crops in circles.
 114
 
 
I told you they would
 115
never lie to you.
 116
 
 
Neither would I.
 117
 
 
Even though
 118
you already knew this,
 119
 
 
I had to tell you to rest
 120
any way anyway.
 121
 
 
You are such a revelry
 122
to me.
 123
 
 
As far as I go,
 124
I don’t remember
 125
 
 
how I found you.
 126
 
 
I’m just glad I did.
 127
 
 
And it’s enough.
 128
 
 
It has to be.
 129
 
 
It just
 130
has
 131
 
 
to be
 132
 
 
enough.
 133
 
 
And just like that
 134
the first
 135
 
 
snowflake fell
 136
melts in passion
 137
 
 
memorably.
 138
 
 
 
 
§
 139
 
 
 
 
I drove eighty
 140
through the eighties
 141
through the eighties,
 142
 
 
let go, split
 143
 
 
ruffling
 144
 
 
feathers
 145
throwing shade
 146
 
 
from behind
 147
the shades
 148
 
 
I named you
 149
after
 150
 
 
myself
 151
 
 
and stayed.
 152

15 Feb 19


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