a body of coal
a sweet and untamed fantastical droll.
a delightful veer [a delightful fear] of drowning.
It snowed once or twice in the fit of the night and he praised her and he saved her.
and he praised her
and he saved her.
When they awoke she found it difficult to
she touched a hand to her throat and found that it bled.
When he returned he brought to her needle and thread.
needle and thread
some wine and some bread.
She was bleeding and bleeding and he was happy as he sowed her together.
As he did so she convulsed and in doing such, her side
Her throat now
trembling through her lips came a cry
and the stars carved through the darkness ever
as he stitched her crumbling being back into place.
I love you he whispered into her ear the words catching in the thread
as she screamed ever silently to the night.
The pillow was the only thing to hear
their ephemeral r
m i a m o r e
her throat was thick and the vowels stuck as badly as her fingers to the buttons of her skirt.
The stitches along her throat
a a a a
n n n n
d d d d
h h h h
e e e e
r r r r
s s a n
i p m e
d i s c
e n k
bothered her not nearly as much as those on her lips.
all the while, he stitched her crumbling being back into place.
and the hands on her hips
which struck and trembled and fell into the sea
count the stitches