i made a mistake when i stole the ice cream

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I made a mistake
when I stole the ice cream.
Collected plastic knives
instead of spoons and
now you’ve sliced your
tongue-tip into our tub
of raspberry ripple.

The stub seeps blood
inconspicuously, jutting up
like a nipple full up
of beetroot milk.
You do not look thrilled.

A gull advances and says
‘I’ll have that if you don’t want it’
through those imperturbable eyes,
whilst the blood smudged on your chin,

it makes me think of pink granite,
and of the time we tap-danced on it
without knowing any moves at all,
and of the nooks of your body
sweating into mine.

Discarding our knives,
now, now, now, we kiss, we must.
Your lump of mute muscle slops beneath
melting cream as I taste your blood
in my throat and I dream of
never growing old.


from looking glass badger; criminal ladle, released July 30, 2015



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