Skin: A Haunting
As a girl
I wore blue
in the snow, acrylic
with a tight knit. Still the wet seeped inside;
grasped it with my finger tips.
donít rustle beneath white padding. Quiet
except when the branches
slowly untangle. Hard lines blur
through the ghost of breath
that hovers by my neck. I came to shape snow cones.
Pale fur grows
from yarn, then melts
into glassy drops. Quickest
in the creases, in the heat
†where my body
bends. I crouch under fabric weighted with water.
And you? An
idea not yet written.
the tattoo shop is closed. Our curtains bloat
with late morning light. Between
sounds and dog walkers,
I wake, spread my toes.
under mounded covers. Peel tongue
with a sleepy smack, your back
a slab of cotton spun.
stand on a different stoop, unlock
the shop in shadow. Linoleum
watery with dim light. Each piece of furniture
wrapped tight in black vinyl.
hunch in the dark, monuments
that wait to be wiped.
ring glides through as you tune
your machines. I mount
the chair in silence. Cold sweat against a surface
easily sterilized. I feel eyes
from other clients, other times.
there are veins in here.
deer paths, tufts of fur snagged by thorn. I run
my hand over bark worn raw with antlers.
sense you in hushed places. You linger
an anxious spirit
searching for a snack.
distills where the heat leaks outside. Taut sweet.
Spoons prove smooth instruments
to break open dessert.
goes unanswered; open sign stays off.
Just you and me and a humming
machine. My breath sharpens.
flutters me from the words that rise up between us.
arch toward a message
that advances in moans and gasps.
within a sensory envelope, smudged
from sorting. Then our other organs form a letter
already sealed shut. Meaning:
at this moment youíre on your way to the addressee.
could only read.
is no stamp but a paper cut
inflicted when I tried to open you up.
DePasquale lives in Minneapolis. She is a
letterpress printer and participates in a collaborative mail art project
called Four-Letter Press. Her chapbook Dream of a Perfect Interface is
forthcoming with Dancing Girl Press. Her poems have appeared or are
forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Handsome Journal, Interim
Magazine and The Offending Adam, among other places. Meryl
teaches at Saint Catherine University and the Loft Literary Center.
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