The Moon in Your Breath
Man acts as an antenna for the sun and then: a trout in the milk, men who wear kilts after darkness. Build a bottle of fish with a few dried figs. Dear Shadow, when did I become that person? I mean one who says "plastic glucose" without wondering what rotten-sweet is? The one who teenagers represent? There's a room in your breath I crawl into, eating the wallpaper's yellow, looking out for the man on the stairs, his knife in hand, poise incarnate. I am your minimum envelope, your string between tin cans and cannot stop the talk between us. In Berlin, they lay buildings on concrete slabs that look straight back at us. The windows of the soul seek to err on the side of humanity. Put a piece of glass between us for less resistance. Invite rococo scrawl in heated breath upon it. The moon appears in a cinched waist. Stand penance atop her curvature's axis, above a hill where headstones claw up through the clouds, pulling their fibers into blankets across us. The sleet and silver smiles loom, gauze-thin. We slip from a reel of translation back into how we cater to loneliness, how we move our mouths and mouth our meals, engorging entrails where even foodstuffs give off energies. I am that uncontrollable, fear in a mesh of moonrock's lapis soup. We demons are in love and afoot. As in the primordial diary, time will come to take the hem in, tether the ether that dreams become from, and examine our ankles as the sugar washes over, disappearing. As with everything, that's the body he works on. She also knows honey lasts best in the future.
Copyright © 2012 by Amy King. Used with permission of the author.
Amy King is the author of The Missing Museum (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2016) and I Want to Make You Safe (Litmus Press, 2011).
Date Published: 2012-03-16
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/moon-your-breath