I have faith in the single glossy capsule of a butterfly egg.
I have faith in the way a wasp nest is never quiet
and never wants to be. I have faith that the pile of forty
painted turtles balanced on top of each other will not fall
as the whole messy mass makes a scrabble-run
for the creek and away from a fox’s muddy paws.
I have been thinking of you on these moonless nights—
nights so full of blue fur and needle-whiskers, I don’t dare
linger outside for long. I wonder if scientists could classify
us a binary star—something like Albireo, four-hundred
light years away. I love that this star is actually two—
one blue, one gold, circling each other, never touching—
a single star soldered and edged in two colors if you spy it
on a clear night in July. And if this evening, wherever you are,
brings you face to face with a raccoon or possum—
be careful of the teeth and all that wet bite.
During the darkest part of the night, teeth grow longer
in their mouths. And if the oleander spins you still
another way—take a turn and follow it. It will help you avoid
the spun-light sky, what singularity we might’ve become.
I don't mean when a movie ends, as in, it's a! Nor tortillas splitting with the heavy wet of bean. And I don't mean what you do with your lavender robe—all fluff and socks—to snatch the paper from the shrubs. Nor the promise of a gift, the curl and furl of red ribbon just begging to be tugged. What I mean is waiting with my grandmama (a pause in the Monsoon) at the Trivandrum airport for a jeep. Her small hand wraps again the emerald green pallu of her sari tucked in at her hips, across her breast, and coughs it up over her shoulder—a hush of paprika and burnt honey across my face.