clothes pin gossip
one clothes pin says to another,
"i remember when he was a woman."
a wire spills from the house like a vein.
you hang up night gowns & communion dresses.
meanwhile, in laundry room, the children crouch
& look for credit cards. they want to buy
a shiny new life. everything is damp. rain comes
with shards of glass. the new chemical makes the birds
into telephones. incoming calls from a dead lover.
he used to rub your back. you saw mushroom clouds in his irises.
"the wind will take anything" says the other clothes pin.
you undress, then try to take off your skeleton too.