King of Kreations

Angel Nafis
Onliest man who lay hands on me. Pointer finger pad between my eyes.
Pinky knuckle cool on cheekbone. God of precision, blade at my throat,

for a half hour, you love me this way. Together we discover what I got
from my folks—widows peak, dandruff, hair growing fast in concentric O’s.
 
Claude, so damn beautiful, I can count on one hand the times I’ve looked
directly in your face, for fear I might never come back. You knower of me.
 
To get right I come to you. When I’m finna interview. When I’m finna banquet  
or party. When I must stunt, I come to you—
 
It is mostly you, but, not always. After all you gotta eat too.
So sometimes it’s Percival, face like stones, except when he’s smiling.
Sometimes it’s Junior who sings the whole time he lines up the crown.
 
No matter how soft my body	 or how many eyes find it and peel
               when I walk in the shop		 in the chair, I am of them. 
                              Not brother. Not sister. 		When he wields the razor and takes me 
                                             low it’s like when a woman gets close to the mirror to slide the lipstick 
                                                            on slow. Draws a line so perfect she cuts her own self from the clay. 

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Perched            hands folded for six to eight weeks
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Trees are planted but don’t exist yet
They are leaning non existent               into us
A trough of hearts meets me in the anxious sun
I could rot here

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pours you over bruised ice
There isn’t anything             more to say than holy
Beautiful men never looking upon me

I take music self-stirred       and sleep
alone           curve into the morning like an almond
My shoulders                          lush as romantics
You wash up on a barstool
smooth heartache                  black sand