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Ashaki Jackson




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1.

 

He adores the severe folds of her feet

the breaks in their backs

their undone hides

 

and her toes, so many dead caterpillars

with heads coy into their abdomens.

 

She: his certain delicacy.

 

Perhaps coins in each foot's crevice.

Perhaps ginger in her soft origami folds.

 

And the yeses.

 

 

2.

 

Lover,

there is styptic

in my step and

a toe in your mouth. What more may

I give a man whose hips

whir like a loose

bee hive?

 

 

3.

 

Before leaving, she embroiders

her lips dutifully – silk insects and blossoms

singing in the cross-stitch.

The only skill she can remember.

 

 

4.

 

Dormant.

She buries herself, head-first.

Her bound feet: spring blossoms.