string fifteen

the child body
of dream I am
before you

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before you disappear
it is armor
we put on

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thin as paper
hard as pearl
our armor

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I dress you
you dress me
reverse lives

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reverse stem
nine lives of love
will wait for dark

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child in armor
mother in armor
ocean at the door

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ocean at the front door
bright foam memory over bed
tiny hand completely in

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string fourteen

my name
goes behind
your name

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see     this string’s
an umbilicus
between names

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here      a conch we found
swimming to a sandbar
one evening,         1971

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the rosy blush
to its helix
never fades

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the words
change their shapes
now

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in your mouth
“blue”
is difficult

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mouth     moss
other     mother
nature

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I find you
you find me
the conch

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when I sleep,   you sleep
under a sandbar
swimming away