I          Coffee break

they lean into the space between them

faces illuminated with interest

or pheromones

they leave their coffee to  grow cold


he explains

    the phenomenological world

            materialist dialectics

kama sutra


blind to the world

they take one breath,


then one more


deaf to all but one voice,

bellies, breasts, crotch, hair,


limerance absolute


immeasurable, preposterous, unquenchable appetite

ravenous for bone and skin

avid for muscle, fat, blood


finger pads on webbing of toes

hair against breast, tongue edging earlobe

voice in the valley

notched between the ends of clavicles


the roar of alive


II         Lust


He just wants

dominion over money, mind, body, over piles of flesh

ownership of toes, taste buds, hips

ownership of thought, intention, ambition

piles of stuff no one wants


She holds hurt in her bones,

in mind

in dreams

at the edge

of fingernails

scraping the soul

two, cancered with regret


shrunk into a teaspoon of sown salt.


 III       Weight



Hard tumor of hurt


No need for absolution




no amends


left with fingers


bent backward off open palms,

calloused with unanswered forgiveness


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