When he kisses me, my heart flutters in my chest like swarming bees.
What humanity needed was that gravity-defying miracle, the bird.
Sing so dogs bark, oxen bolt. Sing so a girl walks out on her lover.
The tomatoes weren’t there. She looked again at the ground.
How smooth their bones, like alabaster shaved from moonlight.
The past, you hear it, the small hours, sucked down the undertow.
Old wives, I wish I could be one of you. Instead I am the born old maid.
After nearly a year of dating, I never stopped thinking of that other boy.
If mine, then, is a religious Offence, leave it to religious Punishments.
I have studied and become intimate with the speed of darkness.
This would not be a wooing meal. I was cooking my man into submission.
They’d been together an hour, but they were an easy threesome.
She is lying on her back in a hotel room in the middle of France.
She often feels something kinetic between herself and younger men.
In discussing “Gossip” with Frank, I learned what I instinctively knew. A thread of roman à clef ran through the story.
“As your brother, I ask you, how did you get that scar on your face?”
There would be no one to live for; she would live for herself.
“The secret to happiness is not wanting,” Lars told the Buddha.
He was warm that way, always tender, and maybe that’s the worst part.
He glowered even as a little child. Maybe because he has your bad eyes.
He was trying to seduce me with his history, which was mine as well.
For a month after 9/11 Bella wept through all her appointments.
Her bra is black, her breasts full and white. There is too much flesh.
“We’re going because your father is asleep and he won’t know.”
You know you’re in trouble; finally someone is gonna let you have it.