you are a new kind of body made out of glass If you lie down on the thick carpet in my parents’ living room I promise not to break you I would like to shine a flashlight into your chest Your heart is forty-two cherry Lifesavers stuck together in the shape of a fish heart If I was a glass-bottom boat we could drift real slow downriver to Vicksburg We could do a lot of things real slow if you like
you are a new kind of garden planted in my throat The moon grows big pink when you start soft-talking into my sousaphone I guess that’s why I want to swim in your fountain make dog sounds in your rose bushes You are the first thing I think of when I think of lightning bugs & rabbits & x-rated flower beds Everything about you tastes Wild Turkey it’s a hell of a thing I want to run naked in your summer grass & start a family of little gardens with you
you are a new kind of birthday party & hotter than an aluminum slide Everyone loves you You are a stunning Appaloosa When I put my legs around you I almost feel Presbyterian I feel like Stonewall Jackson with my arm sawed off I am delirious I think I’ll call you Antietam You make me want to kill someone
you are a new kind of suicide note written on the chalkboard in algebra class What is the standard equation for being dead I’d like to know because I haven’t seen you since Tuesday & now it’s Friday I’ve spent the past three days in detention working on a solution to x = you + me / death but the only answers I’ve come up with so far are lyrics to a Nine Inch Nails song
you are a new kind of retention pond filled with baby hammerhead sharks Wouldn’t you rather be an ocean We could live together until I’m dead I would make a very nice iceberg I want to settle in I want to breaststroke for hours at a time You don’t understand half of what I say You ask what is an ocean? I hold a mirror up to your enormous eyes & shatter it into a thousand pieces
-- Nate Slawson is the author of Panic Attack, USA (YesYes Books, 2011) and two chapbooks, including The Tiny Jukebox(H_NGM_N Books). Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Bakery, Whiskey Island, and other places. He lives in Chicago and is the publisher/designer of THE NEW MEGAPHONE.