the rust bends

and creases, darkening

on the limestone fingernails,

sun and moonlight

interchanging, wrapping

us around one another, sliding beneath the sheets—

risking the ivory whites and the seas of turquoise,

the slimming of hips and

the mouths widening,

fitting the lips to the teeth

and eyes to the socket ceilings,

the writhing stretch

the lengthening of the circuits

a tightening of the ribs and arching spines,

the frothing of sleep, a rising

a cautious placement of feet

on the hard wood floor.

{artwork The Fire that Consumes All before It by Cy Twombly}


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