I Dipped Dusk in Demerol


turned on the darkness switch         watched midnight

develop like a photo at the bottom of a Kodak tray


pleaded with shadows         bury me up

on the fractured west lip of Lady Face


Mountain before the sun smacks her east

cheek and chases blue belly lizards under


pink oleander bushes         electrifies

titanium ball bearings in my right leg


brace at dawn         breaks my body         Mom

soothes         balm baths         heat pads         cries


silent in lightness         why can’t they just fix whateverits?

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