by Dante Di Stefano
Reader, I married him.
Matrimony is a serious thing.
I wish I were a girl again…
Even in the fevered and fearing mind of a child,
even in your own worst past circumlocutions,
even muzzled and buried in the most byzantine
recesses of a derailed sentence, there is an order
that whips and drives and musters the moonlight,
rallies wonder, delivers an icepick to the eye socket
of a No; meet me under the petticoats of the ocean.
Someone’s always running down the corridor
of my heart; some key’s always turning in the lock.
Dolphins arc above the waves in my peripheral vision;
I’m on my knees screaming into the shards
of a seashell. I pray to a god who is two-thirds
pollywog; I spend my nights (lavishly, suddenly)
dreaming myself a beloved who resembles me:
I know how taut my own quivering slakes you.
There is too much to say and so little room to say it,
elklike and saturnine, endlessly jumbled and unhinged;
I lay out all my doves and attics and diamonds for you.