Mysteryons: Tao

The numbers have gotten
out of hand.

Fingers beyond the count,
fingers that don’t exist
beyond the count,
skin that

Off the label.
Picking and peeling.

My face has fallen off the label.

We cannot save the numbers beyond the nail.


mysteryons xxix

Sing when the jaws are clenched,
Strain to hum through teeth and tongue.

Coffee is the need,
the place to drop
an eye, drooped
down, staring at feet
hoping something comes
of the shuffle.

Mysteryons XXIII

You hang your head in a gardening hat,
wicker under the shadows

I think it’s the knit that saves us.

As if the word silence, written on shoes
could keep the hallways silent.

Each lead is refused, little
trails of color line the sky,
messages written just for you.
Messages mistaken, shells revealed
and still a refusal to speak.

Hues do not matter to the palette.

We cannot bag the red shifting light,
the way we see from far away
keeps everything in a falling blue,
a dance and speak easy onto the neck.
Remember. Remember, undress.