You are seldom handsome or elegant
after we’ve had a go at it,
daylight dries our ecstatic drips and dabs.
I breathe deep before caressing
your rough form, singing your
unvoiced self, no matter the rags
or finery tailored for your debut.
You’ve provoked this solo show,
keeping dreams and sleep from my bed
with your urgency. Your breath
hot on my neck when morning colors
the window. Your clever curiosity feeds
a mind hungry behind a windshield
driving dreamlike along a divided highway,
your amorphous face an idea for a destination.
Sometimes you’re a bastard,
never holding me when I writhe with sobs,
or toweling me dry when I dive for words
lodged between mossy bricks in the soul’s deep well.
When I see your eyes, I forgive you,
while seeking a synonym for pain in the ass.
I make you real in the quiet hours,
sculpt your form and substance
from the cool clay of choke and churn,
folding in the absent-ordinary,
For days I fuss over you,
turning your face to new light,
brushing back lines, shaving stray words,
schooling your arms to open for others.
Yet sometimes, you win.
What audience exists for one so loved,
running barefoot into the tall grass?