When it comes to this awful knowing
the efficiency of gas and dust after.
keeps us both trapped in pain: yours
In the absence of matter, virtue
in your mouth putrefaction, organ by organ
hung with bloodfood wheeled beside you.
an ache to be the wordless nursemaid
and engulf you in a generosity of flesh.
pulled curtains our permanent backdrop.
than my own. Let us look for the strange
they could tell us our interpretations
who doesn’t hide, you never
Trummerfrauen (“Ruins Women” or “Rubble Women”): the title of a famous World War II photograph, by Sam Wagenaar, of kerchiefed,
destitute women poking through the bombed-out ruins of Cologne.