after Geoffrey Farmer at the Vancouver Art Gallery
I wanted to tell her how she’d said, one blue canine
stupid she looked, but buzzing bright in her
there wasn’t enough time. mouth. So bright when
The light bulbs of her teeth she’s happy, it nearly
switched on, switched off. bursts. He sighs into the
They didn’t even match. floral wallpaper.
How do I put her in my mouth
There wasn’t time. Got hit and take her back to him?
by a truck. Her groceries I’d suck her into my lungs,
rolled under—a head of exhale her into his. Mouth
lettuce, a flattened banana. to mouth reincarnation.
Glass pulverized to sand.
Little old lady of the
The Tuareg wear blue sequined ballet flats. With
robes that dye their skin; the blue and yellow light
they navigate the desert by bulb teeth. Who shook her
the stars. How will she head at Friday night
come back again? Is he museum cleavage. Who
lonesome tonight? could not get the pears.
Whose husband sits
She never got the pears sighing in the wallpapered
and never could tell him kitchen, hands warming
why. He’s sitting in their between his knees, her
floral-papered kitchen, cathedral tinkling as the
wrinkled hands warming clock clicks.
between his knees, sighing
as the clock clicks with Shall I come back again?
dull insistence. Why did I ever want to tell
her how stupid she looked?
Poor lady’s under a truck, A screw loose in her tooth
can’t navigate by the stars. socket. A burned out bulb.
She had wind chimes by Had I distracted her? How
her kitchen window, do I fit this ghost in my
dangling from the fire mouth? This my last
escape. My cathedral, thought at a time like that.