the poison of your words has done nothing but strengthen
my stomach, the muscles taut beneath the skin.
the powder on my tongue from the pills
worth the retching and trembling bones,
the beads of sweat rolling off my skin
drowning me in liquid sorrow.
is it your voice deep inside me, grinding its teeth under
the sharp wings beneath my neck that stand as my beacons of hope?
waving to me in the mirror, not missing a beat
telling me in whispers
that you have pointed me toward my destiny?
c o l l a r b o n e s, you mislead me.