Death in the form of a child
When you came alive, I leant in, a red flower to your whisper. What you said, was dark. Darkness, from the bud of the spine, so I turned away. I still remember the sound. If I close my eyes, I see your mouth, white, soft, as an embryonic sack, opening and closing. Nothing like the confusion of water to make you think something’s alive. Was that a hand, there, in the swell of the screen lifting or waving? A child or a man, floating, drowning? I leant in one more time, but had gone too far to make sense of it. Now I see, I expected it.