vocal warmups 

is it vegan if you swallow the bird whole?
open your lips & pretend to be the mourning dove?
i ate chocolate until my mouth was a pie crust.
circles of birds & bells. i was trying to make
a playground slide of a speculum. o my silver hungers.
kissing a boy in a practice room, he started calling me,
"trumpet." a bowl of mouth pieces. you can teach yourself
to be so hollow that anything can pass through. fists 
& legs & briefcases. i was not a good singer. i did try though.
i walked around with a handful of glass eyes. 
popped them in my mouth. cavern. catacomb. he said
this was all just a warmup. "for what?" i thought. for what. 

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