Deep smooth voice, paraphrased, as if identical
To the disc jockey who turns on the quiet
With jazz ballads, repeats, If you ride this line,
You're not going to arrive on time.
You've sent no pleas for free-samples, but receive
The gist of them wriggling across the ties--
Sparkling-hot designs, medusae who turn trains
Into classical strains of stone.
You rustled roses in a momentary lapse of business.
You were tuned-in to producing a special dinner
For your spouse. You've been pressed into stillness,
Blooming like a meat thermometer;
Rising in your mind is a recipe for an apology,
Entwined with the woman reaching for an attempt
To soften the unexpected. Those extra sticks of gum
Still race around the tracks of your minted tongue.
My memory, serving me correctly, like a butler,
Crawls through spaces no bigger than the tears
That have rusted the root of every upheaval.
This recipe says you should appear large--
Big enough to sift beaches through your fingers,
And that I'll see jetties when your eyebrows enter.
Oh yes! Let me pluck those jealous rocks
Holding back the roll of your eyes.
And in the morning, you'll tie a nylon kite
To the split-ends of my hair. I'll ask you
To let it all out, down to the strong roots,
With their non-stop tickets to fly past my scalp...
To constant weather and considerate darkness.
And if there's been a bone of truth
Formed within your beautiful body,
I'll peel back your skin, build a vibraphone
Out of them all-- play music with the mallet
Of our baby.
To me, you would be the breath I could always hold
Without turning blue. To you, I would be the tear
You could never wipe away.