The Lower Zones: a wife’s manifesta

You see a home where there is no bread but ‘lots of wine.
Invisible wives connected to disincarnated entities of kitchen appliances.
Every wife, wherever she may be, comes here after death. They are all a nucleus of radiating submissiveness, vibrating hues that are Clorox-bleach white or freshly squeezed, and sugary lemonade yellow.

This is one of three realms that Earth science cannot yet understand, a shadowy zone for those who have been forgotten in the homes of men who’ve exploited, stood over, and hated.
These are the women who the world turned a deaf ear to. How their marital duties became chains they so horribly dragged behind them.
These are the women who knew reticence, knowing what can be said and what can’t,
fearing the word ‘respect’ and accompanied unkept feelings with ‘upkept’ homes.

Here cleans the forgetful women who long to  begin again,
making nice of their homely imprisonment.

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Oya

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My mother once told me to be sure
my coming was a sharp offense.
To drink and live what have destroyed some men.
She says, “We died a hundred times,
ate thunder and tasted the rain,
drawn down the moon
and called the sun by name.”
I kneeled at her waist as she anointed me.
She sang for the trees to awake,
to let them follow me to you and
let their branches sway like my hips
and chase your coloured phantom on the air.
She had said, once I found  you
to be all woman
of flesh
and blood,
and mystery.

Silva

I. The oak trees are therapists,
surely knowing my affliction
as sure as they know the wind blows east.
The old dangling branches resembles neurons
twisting and reaching for the open sky.

II. An ancient whisper speaks in the breeze
from leaf to leaf,
a forgotten language of love.
Even the strongest tree has a taste for vulnerability,
like hummingbirds buzzing in place
attacking the wounds in the bark that oozes sap.
I place my hand on the stubborn flesh
caressing as a chiropractor does the spine

III. I wish I could grow like an idle tree,
into the soil where dark things are grown to be loved,
near a cemetery,
or somewhere high up
in between the shadows
or the burning sun.
I will grow here
and grow forever,
singing my own healing song

Tired eyes

I have lived by the misty lake
with the grumpy mudfish,
and the stubborn algae
that stick to my knees for some time.

Seek me out in the cattails along the bank.
There you will see me, bare
in all my stupidity
for loving a man who cannot see the beauty of the tranquil water
taking up space so beautifully,
like my body in his embrace,
a water lily
floating with no direction,
floating
in the reflected watery sky.

I remembered I would take refuge by the lake
that is glassy in the noontime,
to purify my tears,
calcified tears that
made it hard to see.
I would tred the uncertain lake
with uneasy feet,
my unleveled arms in front of me.
There I was,
with tired eyes and no direction.
Who was I to be then?

Traveler

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a tribute

I yield to my temple,
placing mental maps of the places you liked visiting.
From my neck to my abdomen
en route to my tiny earth
a delicate place,
warm enough.

I stretched my legs across like a bridge
accompanying your trek.
A cool November wind rolled
off your back
and my leg hairs,
like grass blades tickled your chin.

Some days you decided to take the high road,
causing a head on collision
with our fumbling tongues
and your hands, aimlessly
riding up my thighs
on the freeway to vastness.

Each night I would lie in wait for a new excursion,
thinking of the next place you would take me next.
Belize,
the Midwest,
a quaint garden in Perugia,
where an old woman delicately picks strawberries
from a wild bush.
Maybe to Aruba, where I would reach my peak.

With no luggage and no trinkets
from a gift shop of previous places
we’ve experienced,
instead we inherited a summery glow,
as if we spent the week in Kauai,
or a peculiar accent as if our love-making
wasn’t misunderstood enough.

The terrible baggage of reality is
gone with the high noon tide.

We traveled for our salvation.
Here and there,
wandering
with our love in mind.

Thirteen Commandments

  1. You can’t set me in a corner
    and summon me when you please
  2. You can’t place our love in a mason jar
    and watch it grow greens and yellow fungi
  3. You can’t force feed me intimacy,
    and leave my feet un-rubbed
  4. You can’t bring me the orange beauty of the sun
    and don’t provide a shade
  5. You can’t leave for long
    and expect me to still be there
  6. You can’t nail me down
    and use what you want
  7. You can’t seek me out,
    and don’t indulge in me only
  8. You can’t send me out into space
    and speak of gravity
  9. You can’t plant petunia seeds in my mind
    and not tend to the flowering buds
  10. You can’t tag my wall with “I was here”,
    and then deny it
  11. You can’t allow your home as my resting place
    and then shoo me away when you want
  12. You can’t call me Baby,
    and forget my name.
  13. You damn sure can’t have any of my wine.

moth to a flame

A luminescent aura pulsates on through the lazy days, and the calling nights
of clashing tongues and mocking vagueness.
The room, an impractical haven with ghost colored walls and buzzing sounds
from the whirling fan are nearly deafening.
This is a special place however. Here is where he explodes me
into glittery matter. Here I lay my existence on the line
for the beard, the hands, the naked chest, and the easy limbs.
I am a moth to his flame.
He flashes, then there’s smoke and then I die.
I’m left there on this bed and in this room with no form,
no structure. Just a pheromone, of stinking woman in love.