Alive

Under the knife blade,
my mother’s broken hand in a sling,
purple peel strips off
over the face of the counter.

In the Absence of Wings

As she sails over the barbed wire fence, a hot dry wind behind her, the cow thinks of birds. How useful wings might be at a time like this. Her spindly legs crumple and pink udders squash as the round of her girth meets the hard of the ground. Parched weeds prickle and lightning bugs flash.

Wedding Anniversary

He has eaten so much duck that he cannot talk to his wife
the memory of the duck skin slips past his tongue
to catch and clutch in his throat while a small bit
of duck meat is stuck in the back molar of his closed mouth
and the scent of Chinese spices and sweet fruit
auce clings to his clothes.

Hot

She is waiting for the end
of another beginning, woman,
always changing:
now the heat is in the core.

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