There’s a girl,
and she walks on the shores of everyone’s mind
with shimmering eyes and silken lips.
She opens her arms and from her chest,
a million birds fly out.
There’s a boy,
and he lies deep within everyone’s mind
with matted hair and coarse skin.
He opens his arms and from his chest,
a billion stars explode.
you told me, keep it secret.
and when it’s time to tattle,
you’ll tell all through the hole of a silver locket.
was it a tail or a tale that bore these dreams?
wagged them, or spoke them?
every hair on you tells a story.
each word is a painting.
and i drew trees all over you.
their roots at your feet, the trunks, strong and thick along your back.
the branches were your arms, and i told everyone that when you touched your toes,
we started life anew.
There’s a girl.
There’s a boy.
their eyes are open.