communiques from the halfworld afterlife

1. squatting
under the puke-smelling sink
to squeegee
foul
foodwater
into floordrain
this is when
whatever shred of me
is left
leaves
my body

2. small tower of
saranwrapped
gingerbread cookies

3. collapsing
onto teahouse couch
into familiar arms
krissy offers me
her gorgeous
almond flour
cupcake
topped with cream cheese frosting
and one
perfect
raspberry

4. operation restore/rejuvinate
laid out
on my back
on the acupuncture table
needles in forerarms
and calves
lights turned low
for dreaming

5. the art of
falling asleep on the acupuncture table
without
muscle twitches
activating
needle pain

6. superpower formula
of royal jelly and ginseng
brown glass vials in yellow box
my accupuncturist and i
laughing
at the image of a seemingly
very energized (kapow!) man
on the package

7. a fascination
for the various ways
various flowers
open
(poppies
like crepe paper dresses
stuffed into a steamer trunk
exploding from under
the lid)
(mountain laurel
pink like cake-top candy
one petal
unfolding
like a paper origami fortune teller)

8. cassette tape time travel
tony’s mix circa 1998:
braid
propaghandi
mineral
rainer maria

9. shred of stark clear  new moon
in lightfading sky
plus treetop
silhouettes

10. a textograph
communique
from the halfworld
afterlife