I tune the I-piano with my eyes,
learn to press down the damper pedal just enough.
They sterilize all the deer here
and then give them earrings, so you can tell.
Put on a smile like tinsel.
Cut my hair. No changes.
Catalog my sins, each tooth against my tongue like a rosary.
Count wrong, I start again. I go to all the Christmas parties.
Cave and have another drink,
crawl back into a cave that's safe.
Grime thrums around like the blades of a fan.
I bring the snow inside with me.
Throw up dinner again
and don’t think much about it.
I put on a smile like snow and snow and snow.
Here's an offering of a piano played underwater and the sound pressure brings.
Point being, there aren’t that many months within the last decade
where some wouldn’t have called me too thin
or hours where I didn’t feel like I was swarming out of my skin.
I slip things past my teeth, forwards or backwards, solid or liquid or gas,
a way of saying food or booze or smoke.
I am building a bank
inside, something like snow banking in drifts.
I drift into the sky like a bruise fading into a leg.
It’s hard to leave.
It’s hard to stay here.
The deer run through the woods with their stupid earrings.
I don’t own a scale anymore. I don't regret it.
Swarm on swarm, we hum to one another like the fridge.
We thicken like scabs
or snow pressed on snow.