WHAT YOU REALIZE AFTER THE FIGHT

to love is to reveal 

the pale underbelly of the

arm or to fashion

from the magnifying lens

a prism it is to dilate

oh god dilate or to turn

your splintered rib

death side down against

the gauze or to come if

baby says come and should

baby say I need you to try

and come closer than that

your surrender your callus

your swan cracks with song

oh to love is to open

your mouth very wide –