You send me butterflies

at night

to assuage me,

but it doesn’t take the sting

of ambivalence away.

I return the offer:

I dress in wings,

suck the nectar from 

dusk’s flowers:

a long nightmare,

a black balloon,

one long dry choke.

You spend the year immured

in poetry and pieces

of half finished dreams,

obsessing over everything

you see.

I become immune.

I spend the year

immersed in beds of

black obsidian and

forgetting what it

ever meant to


             who’s the wolf 

           and who’s the deer?

Run a bath of rose quartz and

whisper those three words

you’ve been dying

to hear:

this unfolds,


“datura moon”

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