superficial blood vessels measuring interval between skin & blood. me, the map table, you the protector. i spent mouths like cans of gold. click of metal. pistons of your neck. took the paddle boat across a canal where beneath the water clams traded stories of ship bellies & their own pearled hearts. an island can hang around for only an evening or two but it's neccesary to dock & find what you can. in your hair i picked out onyx & ameythyst. made a necklace for a passing tree. put a key under my tongue till it sweetened. there is always more eating to be done. more packing. more promises to knit one after the other. why is it i want so quickly to be loved forever? several times i have etched this into skin. told a boy or a girl or a lover to turn over & try to guess what i'm writing on across their backs. i trace their name & then mine. i turned over like a lighthouse beacon. find the ocean everyone keeps secret. you make a wind tunnel of my voice box. i turn radio. antenae curled into aluminum root. i hold you. cuff you to a glimpse. a chain around my neck. when we sleep i dream of jungle gyms in the surf. teeth & tongue. clam pursing their lips. a shovel slid into sand. my mouth on your neck. the telephone poll ringing. i want to always feel like this. give & take a breach.