pictures, tapes, looser strings
romantic tics
heavy-low, heavy-low.
unbutton your shirt, moles on your chest.
this doesn't hurt.
won't feel the worst, don't feel the best.
sandusky, pittsburgh, poughkeepsie,
getting girls naked to watch them get dressed
ironic gideon, dog-earred corinthians
all love is sex is death and nothing else
unless it's eternal torment.

window dressed
callow skin adorned
nail-scraped and tooth-marked
pointless if it was enemy-embrace
or lover's-scorn.

all through massachusetts
the atlantic looms
it's never where you're going
it's what you do when you get there.
plans for crowded rooms.