Although it is
night, I sit in the bathroom, waiting.
behind my knees, the baby-breasts are alert.
slice up the moon; the tiles quiver in pale strips.
Then they come,
the three seal men with eyes as round
As dinner plates
and eyelashes like sharpened tines.
They bring the
scent of licorice. One sits in the washbowl,
One on the bathtub
edge; one leans against the door.
“Can you feel it
yet?” they whisper.
I don’t know
what to say, again. They chuckle,
sleek bodies with their hands.
next time.” And they rise,
pools of ink under moonlight,
I clutch at the ragged holes
They leave behind,
here the edge of darkness.
Night rests like a
ball of fur on my tongue.
of consonant sounds.
be found in lines 9 and 10 of Adolescence III.)
I wrapped scarred
knees in dresses
That once went to
of thought in several lines.
be found in lines 3-6 of Adolescence III.)
As they glowed
orange in sunlight
And rotted in
shadows, I too
Grew orange and
softer, swelling out
that evokes the senses.
be found in line 11of Adolescence III.)
I baptized my
earlobes with rosewater.
be found in line 23 of Adolescence III.)
hangs in the pine-soaked air.
person point of view-using
the words I and me
be found in lines 7-9 of Adolescence III.)
The texture of
twilight made me think of
Dotted Swiss. In my room
scarred knees in dresses
of Adolescence III
Dad’s death, Mom and I worked in the garden.
tomatoes grew in the sunshine and rotted in the shade;
like the tomatoes, I became prettier but grew out of
night sky reminded me of fabric with raised dots.
wore fancy dresses that covered my scars.
wore perfume behind my ears.
lipstick in their tubs looked nice sitting next to the
out my window, I thought about my father.
would stand by the spruce tree, with a flower in
his hand saying, “I have come back for you; I
really loved you even though I never said it.”
he touched me, all the pain would go away.