her heart struggling to be a diamond, but what of the bat with the broken wing?
what of the giant’s furniture left to tatter in the ceaseless rain? call
the dagger friend, call the heart a pendulum. a metronome winds down
at the crick of a lizard’s neck. the orchestra have packed their bows into the small hours
before the pearl of dawn. a girl speaks quietly to the rays of light when they begin
to crest the lazy horizon. they find their way into the palms of her rosy
hands, give agony a draught for temporary peace. they say that when the first
ghost was found so was the great panacea. welcome to the temporary existence
of every nature we have come to love. eat from the mother our useless
bones. now the mistake: the churched wing, the butter on the burn, the girl’s mouth
silent as a waning moon. the mistake being that ghosts are dead things, departed—
they come from the dead, they are as much like the mushroom or the allium
that sprouts from mulch. that is to say, our lives are longer than we could ever
fathom. the girl plies the sachets of juice from a pomegranate, bloodier
than any mortal pain. with needle + thread she sews the disparate fruits together:
avocado, pomelo; crab-apple, tangerine. life let out to linger in the field.