II used to bury plum pits between houses. Buried
bits of wire there too. Used to bury matches
but nothing ever burned and nothing ever thrived
so I set fire to a mattress, disassembled a stereo,
attacked flies with a water pistol, and drowned ants
in perfume. I pierced my eyebrow, inserted
a stainless steel bar, traded that for a scar in a melee, [
into traffic while unbuttoning my shirt—
There is a woman
waiting for me to marry her or forget her name
forever—whichever loosens the ribbons from her hair.
I fill the bathtub for an enemy, lick the earlobe
of my nemesis. I try to dance like firelight
without setting anyone ablaze. I am leaning over
the railing of a bridge, seeing my face shimmer
on the river below—it’s everywhere now—
Look for me
in scattered windshield beneath an overpass,
on the sculpture of a man with metal skin grafts,
in patterns on mud-draggled wood, feathers
circling leaves in rainwater—look. Even the blade
of a knife holds my quickly fading likeness
while I run out of ways to say I am here.
Body & Body Image
Childhood & Coming of Age
Health & Illness
the repetition of the same letter or sound at the beginning of words appearing in succession
the absence of a conjunction (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so…) between phrases and within a sentence
visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work
A rhyme involving a word in the middle of a line and another at the end of the line or in the middle of the next.
a word group (a statement, question, or exclamation) that interrupts the flow of a sentence and is usually set off by commas, dashes, or parentheses
the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect
A rhyme where the words have similar sounds in their stressed syllables.