Tuesday, December 24, 2013

over on the fireplace mantle / twenty-five year olds walk by / nothing she does is accidental



Justin Hyde lives in Iowa.  More of his work can be found here: http://poets.nyq.org/poet/justinhyde


//over on the fireplace mantle//

my girlfriend
has hung up
five stockings:

her and her two boys

&

me and my son.

i know you guys
don't live here
but it feels
like family.

yesterday afternoon
my dick 
was in the mouth
of an indonesian woman.

this troubles me less
than a
broken pencil

though something
in my thyroid
aches slightly
at the death of disney

diarrhea on
another clean slate.

this morning
my girlfriend
is out running in
this -2 degree weather

my boy
and her two boys
are upstairs wrestling

the floor shakes

down here
where i sit at the kitchen table

flinging

what passes for my soul

at you.



//twenty-five year olds walk by//

it's all pivot

hitch

unbound
electricity

rivers forming
before your
eyes

no doubt
the puppeteer
is bringing
A game shit here

they say
this is the apex
of sexuality

but their wombs
are still
sealed in wax

their hearts
have only taken
a couple turns
on the lathe

you can
start off in cincinnati
amidst begonias

and end up
in dien bien phu
slicing turnips

my eyes merge
with the
forty-five year olds

arches
a little lower

gait
subdued

but the electricity
is still
there

honed

refined oxbows
fluent
in the alchemy
of the heart.


//nothing she does is accidental//

not the way
she clears her throat
while passing you
the broccoli

the seemingly
innocuous question
about garlic

or the figure eight pattern
she's rubbing
into the handle of a butter knife
with her thumb

it's all
loaded

her whole carapace
fiber
and undergird
is balanced
on the
surreptitious

right now
she would send her shadow
across the table
to bitch-slap you
while smiling in your face
if she could

go ahead
tune this out
dave

pretend she's a fish tank
bubble and hum
off in the periphery

but
she's telling you something

now
and forever

there's a-lot
you aught
to know.



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