🏆 Pushcart Nominated
On the king-sized hotel bed, I know I don’t realize
my privilege. I can turn off television news, suppress politics
and brain chemistry. I can eat dessert first or twice, breathe
your coconut-sweetened breath, stare like a magnifying glass
as you unbutton your shirt, fuchsia sky burning
in my cheeks, touch the blueprint of your fingertips, take time
to admire, like an early Flemish artist obsessed with small
details in a convex mirror, the henna stain of your back’s birth mark,
walk of light across a torso. There is an explosion
of butterflies when I open the bedside drawer. You hold
my waist and dropped petals return to lilies. Rows
of abandoned buildings in The Tenderloin turn into guitar
strings. Your forearms flex. Stars emerge from black holes.
Without argument, plastic biodegrades, sheening the Pacific.
All the lights are on. For now, electricity is free.
Gordon Taylor (he/him) is a queer poet who walks an ever-swaying wire of technology, health care and poetry. His poems have appeared in Tickle Ace (now Defunct), Prairie Fire, Plenitude, The Bridport Arts Prize Anthology and is forthcoming in Months to Years.