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Milk

 

Rattlesnake coils inside of a t-shirt. T-shirt
is pile of tiny threads. Each threadís end is frayed.
The Boy picks up a t-shirt. In his room, the boy is
king. Every king mandates a glass of warm milk
be spilled upon every t-shirt. Every motherís arms
strike the desert air, and every air molecule turns
white. Face is poisoned with milk: milk eyes, milk
mouth. Draped in t-shirt, a glass of milk.

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Materialized Significance

 

An orchard is off in the distance.
Mother is swimming in the lake, naked.
The lake contains every human in the scale of a microbe.
When the lake turns greenish, we are all thinking of a secret lover.
The sun is behind a tree, and the tree represents Regret.
A womanís undergarments are draped over low branches.
There are millions of low branches full of womenís undergarments:
we call this Des Moines, Iowa.
A movie is playing in a suburb, and we all show up.
When movies play, the audience turns that patch of the lake red.
Patchy fog rolls in before we have a chance to dress ourselves.
Father is in the station wagon pretending to be a recently shot deer.
The suburb is drifting through in the form of fog.
When everyone is sleeping, the color we see is gray.
It is the time of the century when everyone is sleeping.

A fish brushes past motherís leg, and she remembers a secret lover.
When mother remembers anything, a lover becomes secret.
There is a splash in the far end.
In the distance, an orchard is full of lovers.

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MIKE GROSS attends MFA workshops at University of Colorado-Boulder & edits Spine Road.


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