plutopian smile

 

Skincrawling through the sunlight

ours were the longest shadows cast that afternoon.

 

Red dust, ground between my teeth

I bared them to you

stuck my neck into incandescence

open fingers grasping at your truth.

 

Mile markers behind slick reflective lids;

impenetrable metallic membranes-

cold blooded and stagnant

you were reticent reptilian, though and through.

 

Still I leaned into that rigid carapace

shed my skin in silent friction

winter scales incinerated

and thoughts of you, endlessly exhumed.

2018.