Cannot seem to wake today.
In my bedroom.
I stretch toward salute
Sun of low white ceiling.
A room considered large for its rent, in Brooklyn.
Last tenant painted the walls forest green.
I curl towards the soil.
Bend into a child’s pose my knees are never capable.
Doctors built me legs that walk
and knees which refuse to pray.
They cease their bend at 87 degrees.
They pause to ask questions.
(My joints are agnostic, it seems)
Fetal position that my limbs never understood.
Vulnerable organs always open to the world.
I have never learned.
I beg my blood to move on these late afternoons,
Illness kept me in bed well past noon
There is writing to do.
There is the coughing up of consequence.
Must coax circulation to the window of this skin.
Call it out with a love song.
Soft crack of pebble on the window.
Threat of shatter, of romance.
Equally dangerous. Equally likely to call you from sleep.
Sugar moon skin tone
Stolen from my diabetic mother.
Everyone blamed the full moon on her.
There is no such thing as moonlight.
Picket fences gone out of style,
The millennial boys all bearded
Drinking the way towards a bourbon shortage.
This is our whiskey rebellion.
I moved to Brooklyn and now even my poems are gluten free.
There are BMWs parked along
Only one side of Lorimer Street.