Pain. Full afternoon knits a tight line
(the word for the way students conform
verbs in essays.) A thrown nest or
an early vision of us--
one broke egg--
cracked under neat gifted noon sun.
Break ink to gather (a word for
the color new bruises suck from
late urban dusks) that joke she told
making him mad by making a plan;
I will wait (how they wait in waiting
rooms,) invite stakes like posts sunk
deep, even, space marks (that word
for talking over a longer line
across borders freely for a price)
Patiently, over a long distance, consistently aubergine.