A mass of thick dishwater curls pulled aside—dry except where darkened behind an ear, down her back.
Shower mist glistens along a shoulder, the angle of her neck—a second skin.
Invisible lips press against the spine, a slow finger tracing a familiar line—A bout de soufflé.
Tongue sealed up soft in her mouth like clay beneath a highway where she waits in memories amid seasons of traffic and lulls praying to taste the wet sting as vertebral notches open her like jagged teeth of a spinning saw.
(Standing in line for a movie once, there was a girl dressed in backless black with bandaged stitches all down her back. I came within an inch of touching her wound before realizing what I wanted to do, that I shouldn’t.)
The words to truth are terrifying. I am trying to say: do whatever it takes to open me.