There is an entire galaxy here hammered out of aluminum and previously loved plastic bottles
Bringing the brunt of my impotent rage to bear on empty air
Broken dreams and disaster breath
They spread cold, oily, fingers through my hair
Over my twitching, vulnerable skin
There is a whole glittering city here built on brown skin
blood and bone of the marginalized.
It whispers bittersweet nothings
It asks us to turn away our tear stained faces.
Our rage fists, tightly knotted, gnarled
It asks us to forgive it the bloody finger tips of those it purposefully forgot.
Keep them on your lips.
Eyes open to these atrocities
A litany that could stretch from the birth of the universe until it takes its final quivering breath
Emptied of life and hope
My body like gossamer wings alone, delicate, fragile
I will lay down with you if you will have me
The one-two thump of my quiet heart added to yours
I have hope that intertwined we shall remain stronger
I will be your shield if you need me
I will be your heart when you are bleeding
If you indicate with word or gesture that consent is given freely
We will tap out in lover’s code
in the deep of midnight
all the ways we shall strengthen each other.
I will lay myself bare and invite you in
Just stay alive my loves
Just keep breathing