Shy of route twelve, I cut through the woods
and step through the fence of dumpsters
behind the Lighthouse Grocery.
All the butcher boys have eyes like movie stars—
languid heart-throbs in their white coats
among the carcasses. A tan blonde
with bruises flowering in the ditch of his arm
bikes across the parking lot, and off along the highway.
I imagine, in bed, his hair would smell of lake weed
and blood. Needles drained beneath the lamp beside us.
Honey, I want to say to him, what have you got for me.
Look how blue the sky is fitted for us this Saturday.
The moral compass, like a possum,
has its own deliberate life.
I can flick it on and off like a light
when I blink but it moves when it wants
without me, hisses.
A soft gray climbing the dark.
In the fields are the Amish picking strawberries.
In the fields are the bones of a dog, blanched white by the sun.
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