selfie #2

when I arrived it was with         the artifacts of another life

a box filled with ribbons        jackknife        bent & broken

I don’t want to do this, you said         but you did

& disappeared beneath my hoop skirt        its whalebone

bent around you        & you waited        haunches lifted

you held my ribbons in your teeth    I heard your breathing

ragged         fierce & tangled         & anywhere ready to strike