drinking tea on the corner of sixth and girard
forgiveness simmers under a forgotten
cast iron skillet
burning still traces of the last ten meals.
i haven’t eaten nor have i heard
the swallows’ chirps at this fall’s end.
i could conjure harsh no’s at my lover’s attempt
to peel me out of bed, half lucid, to see the trees again,
the vapor hovering above them, moving in slow constant breath.
these are not the mountain-meadow skies
i dream of: honey-lemon dripping down the wall,
tracing his neck, falling
onto his bare thighs, the floor sticky with its bitter heat.
the scene is erotic in recollection—
my mouth watering, my palms slick.
but my tongue seeks salt in the corners. i mean,
the honey-lemon dripped hotly.
i mean, i spilled
the honey-lemon on top of you. over your head.
i mean to say
it was no accident.
before you walked away, i noticed
my mouth placed on yours,
having taking it — your lips were gone, your
tell me, how do you
pull a lover apart—
limb by limb? yes, yes.
nail bed by nail bed— yes, but, better is
tooth by tooth.
tongue by blooded tongue.
Victoria Stitt is a poet currently reading and writing about the intricacies of Black and brown bodies in transformed, surreal, and ethereal spaces. She teaches English to high school juniors and seniors, aiming to instill in her students a sense of urgency for achieving social justice and a love of writing. Their work has appeared in The Harbor Review, The Shanghai Literary Review, and is forthcoming in Juked. They are a Philadelphia native, an MFA candidate at Warren Wilson College, and a dancer.