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Calabash


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Calabash

It breathes midnight -
the shape of her hips
is the body of a sitar;
notes that thrust,
notes that drone,
that wash away breath.

The shape of her hips
a hand grenade
washing her explosive
mouth, the mouth
of the Winnisimmet
flowing, chasing rabbits

Through muck and salt
and salty clams.
Fevers walk the edges
tiptoeing to a house
painted by thought.
The house takes off

Her hat, erases her
red soil, beckoning.
Beckoning.
Melted wax of the sun
if the sun was Icarus
or two ovaries.

A calabash pipe sits
in a room all alone.
Mother-of-pearl inlay
adorns its stem;
stem adorns her lips;
she pulls hard

at smoke,
rich and creamy.
Her lungs are smiles.
A C-string resonates
inside her gourds;
her white flowers;

Her white smoke;
her white blood cells.
She switched
her babies over to
compassionate care
that evening, holding

Them when they went
peacefully back to
the source of everything.
Her hips a calabash.
Her hips a hand grenade;
washing utensils -

Calabash cups, bowls,
and basins, ital lifestyle;
let the moons eat
this salt, Carribbea,
stars in the sea.
We wither,

We ashes,
we new fishes;
even your touch
is alive, your tongue
a conduit, insulator,
conductor.

It spills midnight
through the sky's
panes of glass.
Trace mandarin
oranges with it -
a surfeit.

Calabashes
Calaveras
Caligulas -
use for cleaning rice,
carrying water,
bowls for palm wine

And yerba tea
and pennyroyal
steeping
in mason jars
steeping
with mason bees.

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