of light going over a waterfall
that froze halfway down,
like the boy that got stuck on
top of the ferris wheel & filled
his mouth with clouds.
When he got down birds flew
straight through him.
He rained the bed every night
& his mother began to worry so
she broke the lock to his diary,
which was full of love
letters or suicide notes
written in glued-down wasp legs
he had been coughing up in his sleep.
It mentioned the time he had
cut open a D battery with
the bolt cutters from the shed
just to see what was inside
& burned his face so badly
that no one looked at him anymore
& it was at this moment his mother
realized that after all this time
she did not know what her
son even looked like.