The Flaming "V"

a. Reefs
“Well, I’ll swill seahorse’s eyelash,”
Ravi declared. “I do believe I’ll
masticate the alphabet twice.”
She via Venus, thirsty heart
a serrano along the roadside.
Through the verbal ambergris,
desire laminates this puncture.

b. Branches
“Muse droppings,”
details Mavis. “A whole
bouquet.” And the needles.
Thread glass stylus,
play love’s archeology
of reunion. “Signed,
Okiagari-koboshi*.”

c. Mannequin Fingers
She beneath aperture
coves draped in
phosphorus feathers,
spark plugs.

*Okiagari-koboshi, “the getting-up little priest” is a traditional Japanese doll. The toy is made from papier-mâché and is designed so that its weight causes it to return to an upright position if it is knocked over. Okiagari-koboshi is considered a good-luck charm and a symbol of perseverance and resilience.

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