Vulnerability Says

  1. the silhouette of pines against midnight skyline
  2. is spiked,
  3. like any longing to escape.
  4. Warning: World’s edge shifts
  5. as if with its own sentience.
  6. Roll your tongue inside your mouth.
  7. Sensations, not the edges, meet.
  8. As if the worst thing you’ve done
  9. is already forgiven—
  10. the cool of this windowpane,
  11. the blue of this china cup.
  12. Strategy: Not giving it shape, but giving in to the shapes
  13. you’ve become.
  14. What should be kept, besides compassion for the vanity
  15. of idea?
  16. Only the “coming to” of seeing—