unvirgin

september 2019

goodbye ocean!
my voluptuous lover! 
lay off the sodium, it makes you bloat
or do whatever you want
i’m only joshin
until i’m back soak the verse 
& when i do step back in 
you’ll know my head
follow me on this velvet gradient
the salmon’s dimming pupil about to dip
underwater
leaving us indigo
lines in threes
we descend this jacob’s ladder
submerged to salt water


when in the hills i fucked the land
now there’s the sea 
she’s back — life, my lover
praise the gods
hollow belly running off unalloyed joule 
under gray satin ripplings
enigmatic stitches liquid
salt water wine dry in my throat
eucharist mists
scrub over my veins
hemoglobin rust chains
the moon near the moon near
i match it face to face on the aqueous face
clasp limbs over the whitecap rim
sink to my toes
catch my breath


to feel her breathe 
to break surface like slick fish
she a mirage of hands combing over sand 
over over tracing land’s epidermis 
wearing down skin
i love you now just as then
even when i’m not here
even when i’m sleeping
even when i’m leaving
even when i’m dead

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