wedded sepal

               lupine pearl strung


with toothhole                    petaled tendons


pelvis split

in ardor’s labor                 swirling blacksmoke

             coins in the sea

the eyes                           hawkmoth


a bible palmed across                  granite telling


gin river parable                            the muddy

              waters rising over


rotted apples                    liver carved


             by eponymous


Copyright © 2022 by John James. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on November 7, 2022, by the Academy of American Poets.