venus fly trap
my brain is a cage
carried aloft on lime-colored waves,
and so is the love we live inside
a wool scarf that suffocates
until time resuscitates the ghost of greta garbo
grey-faced floating up from some long abandoned
nickelodeon in the middle of nowhere. you stand
tremulous on the brink of memory,
eyes heated saucers expanding in a field of stars
soon to shatter as your legs linger on a last syllable.
the mouth slams shut. no measured gust or
pleasurable release. abdomen dissolved; thorax vanishing
like a child’s quarter in some storefront gumball machine.
from here it is mere mechanics. fear is but the shadow
that follows relinquished feeling.
the dealer has stacked the deck
fortuna has spun her will, and your squeal
feeds my lust to kill. historians with their microscopes
can glimpse rome burning in the brightened pus of your melted wings.