The black night is a sea urchin.
The sea urchin is my mother
moving on spiny feet,
meat clotting with her desires.
But meat isn’t the only thing
that moves the feet—
the cold sky puckers them,
shafts of gnats tickle them,
and the aroma of all things burns on the ground.
The feet won’t obey her.
Every foot has a hunch in the wilderness.
As the sprinklers brutalize the window,
the sun setting into city light,
you ask to see my plate,
my plate, still studded with green beans.
Thinking fast, I pitch up my voice into a story
about Dad trying to plug up gophers in the yard.