A dog's mask, the mask of a leopard;
A woman crying in the attic and bathroom.
Chocolate milkshakes spilled in the shape of a gun.
A baby crowing like a sick bird upstairs.
On Halloween, the girl who melted
into a bag of skin when she went out too late.
Snow for my hair, eyes, mouth and ears:
Frostbite and boiling water
for my feet. The girl stuffed
in the oven by the baby sitter
instead of the turkey.
Urine puddling in my Sunday patent
leather shoes, bruising
on my arms and upper legs.
Naked in the forest behind the house –
Running in circles, back and forth,
a snake in each fist.