Babel / Aubade
After the aftermath of that hard-spent spring how will I
thee is the question. Pin down in the dark and halt. All the horses
strained to the flickering ropes in the trees and restrained. Or
crack the gardens oh freak violet were we. The horses rode after me
after. The bats were a miracle with legs I saw to say how could
And even though the new world got brave out of doors I shut &
all the aftermath is all I want. (Twice.) All night you take a
chest in thy swanny clutch I want in: wanting out is why we change
the lock on each other but I want to door. Do I wed the key
‘want’ for nothing but to find thee on the other side? I wake wanting
more than I did before. And I do. Thy heroic thy horses be
Thy hurt. A kingdom for my gully· my crossroad for a truly hard
up king· my good hilt stacked to do my saying for me. Tower
kicked is the mathy after so you lay finger to my violent fruits
rolling in a hot hay. Hey after the hallelujah I cut clean in
you check thy pulse with a reason. The legend screws us like we came
together in a loving tongue so I unscrewed it torched it. Don’t
for what comes next. Tell it fast so my borders lit. All the horses
rang out in arson. The stable was a carousel it played thy
run for its life out the burning door, out the last unbearable
and troubled light.
Lo Kwa Mei-en is the author of Yearling, forthcoming from Alice James Books.
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