Cricket

What are the symptoms of wanting

outlets to melt in your hand, stick

to your cheeks with cheap licorice?

 

I console my batteries like dying

crickets. Wait for that leg to sputter,

the mic in its thighs to gain power.

 

Pure water isn’t very conductive.

I dare you to drink from wetlands

that don’t transform your feet to rubber.

 

The electric tongue, stilled in new tar.

Lily pink lingers on your fingers, misty

on the matter if it was Advil or candy.

 

It’s not about healing anymore

but liquefying your spine into

rivers brimmed with biomass.

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Equinox

One hemisphere

is a coppery heat

when each carnival

syllable festers in

organoid labyrinths.

Burrows. Pops up

its polyester tents

 

like scarlet groundhogs

shedding hunters

with the seasons:

animal lungs balloon

in their pockets, emptied

of iron. How rich

 

is your soil—

your blood—

that boils its few coins

to the autumnal stutters

of clanking hearts

and gunmetal tongues.

Taxidermy

We are creatures of prudent stitches

stuffed to stillness: black currants,

puppet buttons, unfathomable tides.

Patchworks of fluid and dark hands.

We slosh. We are full. We are poised.

 

I spread my neighbor’s flustered aorta

on my nutty morning toast, buttering

quiet guts with envy and wholesome

hearts. We became artists in this way.

Cannibals. Rancid sculptures. Poised.

 

Later, I’ll squelch my own shadow

like jelly bean crawlers. Exquisite

exoskeletons sprout crooked light

in berries from neighboring teeth.

Their jaws are set. We are poised.

 

Our hands lie still.

Guts. Jaws. Still.

We are poised.

At least.

Crystallize

Cortices trail your shadow,

umbilical tastes left intact.

We develop from formulas

to recipes. We begin to jelly.

 

Lips fall from putty smiles. Nobody

sets. I melted for winter. You cook

 

cobweb smirks through bricks

like brown sugar: that ethereal

clanking when we clatter

like dropped lollipops,

 

how jawbreakers giggle

through vending machine intestines.

 

I’m made from homebrewed indulgence

and caramelized roadkill: bones jut forth

from bastardized earths

like sucrose mountains

peaked by broken teeth.

 

You are slimy with the gum of tomorrow.

Go home. This world infects your mouth

with mushrooms,

your tongue post-

marked by tires.

Unsavory Harvests

Spice is seined from frowning earth

into loaves of flavor and celebration.

 

Microscopic abandon

is grated from dermis.

 

Sap has hardened. Cinnamon bark

yips wakened morsels down edges

 

of my geometric shadows:

rot, you unshapely ellipses.

 

Our roots expanded. They chipped

the fruit bowls. Medicate on ginger.

 

Our processes are wintry.

We’ll ripen out of season.

 

We solidify. Crumble. They tasted

so stale. We peel so softly. Shame.

Toxin

Tread the line between therapy and poison
like huddled rattles
in the Black Hills.
Antidotes were made for arrows
and glands,

not the mouths
dripping in indigo and mice.

Thin strips of soggy pelt
mate ecstasy
with rigor mortis.

There’s expertise. There’s experimentation.
The difference lies in the electrons
lining pufferfish lungs.
There’s three protons
between breath and salt
and one distracted knife
between breathing or not.