Accomplishment
Sense of pride
Momentary joy
Fleeting high

Broke
Before
Their pearls drop

Make frequent stops
At floor levels
Anonymous

Upswept,
The chignon uncoils —
Loosening his tongue —
An Ascot tie
Undone
By my beckoning.

Nobody suspects
The stench of night sweats
Swarms below
The spotless brim
Of his jaunty cap

Resentful capriciousness
Nearly rests
As martyred saints
Self-compress
Into statuesque
Brick-and-mortared
Monuments

Gear-stuck
On off-the-wagon
Wheels
Of steel teeth still
Smoke-sore
From the night before

She kicks up dust
Diamond horseshoes
Encrusted
With common muck
And still fancies herself
Wiser out of the stable

Conic comet trails
Trek transient thimbles
Thumb prints
Thread through
Slippered-glass needles

Silverfish swim silently
As anemones allocate
In inferential islets.

One pop —
Then it’s gone:
A rustling scurry of shame,
Retreating.

As dialogue sputters to a ceasefire,
Hearts grow bolder,
Testing boundaries
Through subversive bungee jumps.

As sleep disbands,
Fantasy chords
The embers of disintegrated dreams.

Limitations learned
To cushion water-break blows
That morphed marked hands
Into spindle-shanks

Disco ball scatters
Translucent rainbows
Collecting dust bunnies
Beneath early eaves
Of yesterday’s confetti.

Overwatered acorns
Hang(man)
Like spoiled fruit

The buoyant bindings chafe
Pleasure laced through pain

Keep a healthy reservation
About renewing
A reshaped acquaintance
Based on
Facial recognition

I couldn’t bear to imagine
The depth of your hurt
If it echoed the minor keys
Of my douleur exquise

Maybe we should
Take a cab back
To that one park
Where we “parked”
After dark

Drunken symphonies weep
Stripped slits
Stricken sleep
Venom milked
Stroked suckled
From cuts too deep