Emily as the Ankle Is the Opera

What we attach
to the meaning
of where a woman’s leg rises

is dangerous enough
to become a great
& complex song.

It’s a feast of an idea,
but if you linger there
& the weight shifts

away from you, your toes
will never be able
to find the momentum

to follow them anywhere.
You know what, don’t
be a creep. Beg the silence

to rock them towards you.
It’s as good as anything
to pray about, I suppose.


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