[it was on a sunless day]


                        that my body
                                    sliced    in two
there was a shudder
                        then deep
                                    red moaning
even through the pain              I heard your voice
             sharp as a lemon in the throat
                        as if you were standing
                                    on my tongue
                                    and speaking straight into me
                        I could not make out what you were saying
                        but I knew that it was something beautiful
                                    because that morning
                                    you had kissed me
                                    just above        the lips
                                    and your breath
                                    had smelled
                                    like lavender