Tigerlily

All I wanted
Was twenty years
To see the truth
And know who it was
With the blue eyes
And yellow teeth
Who slept on the floor
When I called

To smell the skin
And scalp scent
Permeating
That which was not mine
But could have been
If I had held a little tighter
To the nails and screws
Hidden behind dark lips

Cold and stiff limbs
Bound by the oblivion
They stretched toward
And the warped alchemy
Of steel in a hungry mouth
That turns blood and bones
Into a metallic silence

Lilies over stripes
Along black feet and legs
And ashes in a box
Cannot capture what was
When the garden bloomed
Over rain soaked earth
And I carried home
My fetal claws

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