since I last saw a corkscrew
pop a gaseous cache,
self-split broilers had saluted a handful
of worms neglected eggshells, finely.
per day, a newborn is found paddling the
river by the mountainside. river snakes bade
yo-yo dolls in springy bellies: with nerve-tip
umbilical(s); ready to hiss, shed or spit grief.
mothers wipe-clean the lantern glassed earth
with tears, without drenching its short-lived wick.
proof-solution for separating dust from soul from water from
kerosene. the last smoker mourner licks a tribunal tribute:
of returning home with dull headlight & cigarette trafficator,
paper bills of health & death. Balance carried down.
Fizzing the maws of dishonorable fishes,
Mr. Titus has always been a sweet man.
Daughter of the Sun
As a babe is captivated by the voice of their mother.
I listened to the tale of how I came to be.
“The sun, encircled by eight planets still felt lonely.
In her darkest hour of anguish, she wept, and droplets of gold
struck the soil, forming buds that blossomed, birthing her children.
The Nubian Goddesses. Silk skin kissed by melanin. A crown
that defies gravity. Espresso eyes. Big hips. Thunder Thighs.
Rows of pearls surrounded by blood-stained lips.
Curves that make an hourglass jealous with rolls sweeter than Cinnabons.
The aroma of shea nuts and coconuts. They were magical entities.
Witches that couldn’t be burned.”
Grandmother leaned in, her forehead brushing against mine.
In the language of the gods, she whispered,
a whisper that shook the earth.
“Eghonghon, you are the daughter of the sun.”
The ghost inside the mirror has eyes just like mine
So I’ll watch the winter storm through my window to pass the time
The giants on the hill will watch me through my ceiling
I’ll rub my feet in the campfire until the mouse in my ear stops squealing
Then I’ll hear how fast the cars drive by and melt my skin into the tiles
Maybe then I’ll call an old friend and get too scared to speak
A hand wrapped around my throat turns the words into a squeak
Tell her I retired from melancholy because of the low supply
The whispers slip through the sink and the phone line starts to die
I’ll pluck my teeth and brush my skin and bury it underwater
And dream about the cloud that passed my house when I was a toddler
I’ve got the world spinning in my faucet but I still can’t sleep
I can feel my blood singing from my nose down to my knees
The giants hid behind the trees and I think my friends are bored of me
So I’ll live in the bathtub
and hope the feelings sink