Black shadow hangs over the dust of my beloved; / So I turned myself into dust, but the shadow left me behind.
During my father’s sermons, I would read / about my namesake and the men he killed.
One must not leave a woman alone in the garden.
I hold her hand like a telephone. / She tells a joke she’s never heard.
There is one church for the people who admit they are good / and one church for the people who don’t.
No, we will not speak of it. Not / at present.
I don’t know how and why I should even tell you, / since time has only heightened our estrangement, / that you’ve made me a man.
your father loves us / too much / for flowers / she said
He chooses so late // and I fail to swerve—