I don’t know what happened it just got away from me.
A family of rust
laughing in the dirt and the soil.
A reunion of onion grass and buttercup children turning to razors sharp enough to slice heels.
Driving shattered cars. Wearing smashed rear-view mirrors for eyes.
Metal turning scab-texture. Scab becoming capable of driving and a horn
buried deep and humming.
Garden of needles and portraits. Garden of nothing wrongs and everything perfect.
Garden of dead direction and floating miles and
headlights as pairs of glasses.
How you can see everything singing and not want to keep it forever and forever
until it refuses to be anything but dust?
How can you watch a rusted chain and not consider the possibilities of love and metal?
I’m not looking to be saved from wilting rubber. I’m not looking for a God in the brush.
I’m not asking for forgiveness but I am asking for observation.
Do you see the animals in each appliance how the blender was a calico cat and the toaster licked heated from the sun.
How the ovens stomach opens and closes like a ripe cantaloupe.
You cannot undo my lineage
this is where we bud.
-- Robin Gow's is a queer and trans poet, editor, and educator based in the NYC area. They are the author of the chapbook HONEYSUCKLE with Finishing Line Press and their first full-length collection of poetry is forth-coming with Tolsun books.