||Divorce or Corrasable Bond
Your skin is translucent in the still air of this room.
Clay is prerogative; eyes are derivative.
We live in the shadows of immense hands
like death that will take our sex away.
Bridal days and wedding nights of grace and youth
and doors opening in women.
Music is a child of the grass
and teaches us the cost of frostbite.
We can't separate the misunderstandings
or wash dishes in the music-box.
We talk too much and spend the word on our burning hands.
A cinder of a joke catches in our throat
and you laugh to hold onto the hurrying waters.
A fern is a fan that resembles a rainbow
and the last ghosts of Indians are asking for food
in the amber waves of dying grain.
Ready for Spring Blooms
Psychiatrists' offices are places for the well
in pocket, poor in heart, and here I am
waiting for the doctor to understand
my poet's art
undo my artifice. The face I put
out to societys trivialities
Joy begets joy; sorrow;
and so I've gone on cheerily
since you hit me
and I ended here
shedding woman's tears
to the doctor. Two months have past
since I last waited beneath
the potted tree
to see if I should go or stay.
This is the way we work it out
Since we nearly killed each other
have we been happier?
The doctors dynamics explain to me
your hatred of women, of me for needing me
my lack of understanding for your greater age
hiddenas if it were a deformity
beneath proud masculinity.
You have treated me more gently
than before the rage that bruised me.
I've been more courteous of your overindulging
your adult and able childrendenying me
the alien wifecourtesy and affection
you freely give to them to prove your love,
and fault their mother for divorcing you.
The last time we were here,
the vase was full of dead flowers,
petals stiffened in rot.
Now it's empty, cleaned out.
Ready for spring blooms.
How wonderfully we
heal our wounds.