and beer after beer revealed
a fostering affection flirting
finny and familiar as goldfish
washed from their bowl on the mantle
by our tidalwave of talk.
Your stories were reckless as guesswork,
a blind detective smelling after footprints,
his nose sodden with cold.
I told my hummingbird heart's
flying backward and forward at once.
Down at Der Wunder Bar, sipping lemonade,
I telephoned my flaming doll to declare
like Zapatistas at the barricades. We watched
The Charms punk and skunk frantic as ants, while you
barracudaed through two more SoCo's and lime.
"Hurry up, please, it's time,
Hurry up, please, it's time."
Square dawn's backwash
through the frigid windowpane revealed
our underwear, pink and blue,
entwined like DNA at the foot of the bed,
a pair of mating snakes
tight as wrung laundry.