Friendship & Other Unknowable Places
Astronauts grow more and more dependent
on hot sauce the longer they’re in space.
In cyberspace I buy a blouse you’d like
with a pattern of succulents neon-blooming
in boob and crooked phallus ceramics.
I’ve never believed my feelings
existed as much as yours.
On my birthday I pull a card and sigh.
Poor sword! Stuck in lavender sand
up to its gilded hilt. I have to walk away.
In the deep, dark sea, corals are alive
because they never live alone.
They create sunshine for each other.
Diagnosis at the Walk-in Clinic
This pale pink scab
rash may or may not
stress and sad
my upper arm.
Whatever you want
to call the harm,
to be done now,
the doctor says.
I press for more
details. I guess just
rest and self-awareness?
The antiviral window
has closed. To be safe
avoid being around
and adults who never
as children. You are
a danger to some people
but not to others.