from Monsieur

  1. *
  2.  
  3. There’s a conflict in your hands
  4. against the anonymous audiovisual enemy in your videogame
  5. your mouth turns down
  6. at the edges
  7. every day we are stripped
  8. and quietly tested
  9. I keep everything that passes
  10. between us—
  11. the light blue
  12. ticket stub to Springfield
  13. the argyle tie—
  14. I am not a pacifist
  15. I tempest around the room
  16. breaking things
  17. how can we stop our family
  18. from their cells turning against them
  19. from growing planets in their stomachs ?
  20. If the world is listening—
  21. if the world is ours
  22. then we are
  23. of another world
  24.  
  25.  
  26. *
  27.  
  28. You lay beside me
  29. like a fossil from the White Sea of Russia
  30. your breath pulled
  31. at the sternum
  32. near dawn I get up
  33. for a moment
  34. the light presses its lips
  35. to the top of my right hand
  36. can it be that I am
  37. untraceable, monsieur
  38. with my glove
  39. you keep in your briefcase
  40. to take out and smell
  41. when I am gone?
  42. A slow integration into
  43. social evenings
  44. a housefly lit
  45. on the edge of the curtain
  46. a hyphen
  47. summer inhales
  48. a tumultuous aroma
  49. I go back and climb
  50. over you            the number
  51. that records every second
  52. we spend calling
  53. to one another across
  54. the cerebral cortex
  55. steadily rises on the wall
  56.  
  57.  
  58. *
  59.  
  60. Getting to know a city
  61. means learning to relate to its streets and buildings
  62. in an intimate way
  63. says an opinion piece
  64. I wake up and you and your teal shirt
  65. are gone
  66.  
  67.  
  68. *
  69.  
  70. there are times
  71. when I don’t leave the house
  72. when all day I paint
  73. one rose red
  74. like a great wound on a piece of paper