i'm contending with the girl in the photo.
brain aflutter with lesions, i watch a blood bubble
in the photo the girl knows she will continually
who goes there, flirting with disability?
at the injection site, curious spirits gather.
brain finds an alley to hide in.
i am thinking of the city of my youth. this city
brain thinks about the lesions, sweet
i am holding the city of my youth
truth talks to brain in alley.
eleven printouts of my brain in an interoffice
names crossed out, lists of undesireables.
eleven dreams stand at attention.
i saw the brains myself emerge from the copier.
sweet disease, said the maniac, as she struck
the lover no longer allowed their tongues
behind the eyes of the world, brain watches.
the beloved allows herself to be rolled
tongues wash the shore & withdraw.
disease is the clue she offered to the gods.