You Continue to Ask
July, the month of smoke, the month
of long dry houses, burning.
How to make a bong with a knife
and a salt shaker, a knife and a shoelace,
a knife and a human hand.
You yelled once-- a long, dog-
like sound. Something yellow in my
peripheral vision. A bruise on your jaw,
a new white around the rims of your eyes.
Nyquil and orange juice, wine and five
Sudafed, we were chopping aspirin
into powder: what could we do
to the inside of our noses?
We used lighters covered with hearts
to melt my Breyer animals
into the shape of a boat:
the tiny horsemen,
the stiff collies, bending slow
then quick to the flame