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In Which the Second Sex Scene of Moonlight Makes the Cut

Your chest is a jug of orange juice,
 a gasoline pump,
 and this prayer is lazy, just as it should be.
 You rise
 as if it were for you (and maybe
 it is).
 Your legs are now the rhinestone in the navel of a belly dancer
 as a pair of diamonds watch on,
 gaze locked, unraveling itself.

 So many things
 are opening now.
 You shakin’.
Like a junkie.
 How do you tell him
 the room is crumbling? That your blood cells
 are a stampede?

 Agree with him. Treat his palm
 like a stethoscope that’s hard of hearing.
 Yes, it is flat, but it isn’t resting
 on your chest—no,

it’s wide awake.                It’s a hermit crab,
 a chinchilla.
 It’s late.
 Don’t tell him.

 He flips the light switch like it’s a house,
 returns to you in the dark
 like a firefly eager for a purpose,
 and your state hasn’t changed.
 You still shakin’
 You, a tweezed guitar string, are trembling.
 The man before you was meant for a world more sacred,
 but so were you.

 Sunlight needn’t be seen in order to be felt.

Five rising tides caress you
 and your lips mingle with his like melting wax,
 like soaked beginnings,
 like somewhere in this darkness
 is rushing to be mopped up.

 The surf digs into your back.
 Water is a shapeshifter
 and this reunion,
 this relearning of bodies,
 floods the room.

 Passion will cleanse you both.

 You are the sea, and he the sky,
 both of you starved and clouded with mania,
 both of you blue and rippling and endless in the night.




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