Jean and Jean

by Charlie Baylis


There you went to lift me over islands
So to see what we saw over the sea
When I bit the closest, the first, first time
The garlic sun poured out parrots and light
Into dark silk secrets, twin lines in black
The rubies and ribbons dripped from the night
Our thighs all shimmering with mercury
And down seethed the wind, the room the blow cleared
The young men smiling with death on their tongues
In pleasant hotels, both vacant and armed
Left to unpack clouds from suitcases of sighs
As one by one the animals arrived
Do you remember lipstick by the pool?
And we drank ourselves under deep green graves,
Drowning in tedium, pure but certain
The poison crept along our veins, over the waves

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