Gainsaying 

 

A transparent ellipse

with blinking lights
around the edges

and an open mouth
at one end

is extremely serious.

These things don’t just happen.

 

*

 

These things don’t just happen.

Trait
block chain encryption.

A glowing purse
that unlatches
with a snap,

horizontally suspended.

 

*

 

At around age two
a child will be embarrassed

by her reflection.
This means she is self-conscious.

 

 

 

 

 

Breath

 

1

Let’s say
a child takes
each bow
from a bag of bows
eagerly,
placing it on the carpet
after brief inspection,
and has just begun
putting them back in
one by one
when a second person

 

 

2

Let’s say
dilatory nomenclature,

nylon bikini briefs,
light breeze,

churn
of chopper blades –

how many yards above me? –

bearing down,
then rising

into irrelevance.
But what isn’t

someone’s metaphor?

 

 

3

Calcium ion transport.

All the bows are made of oil.

All the container ships
have names.

 

 

 

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