5. Josette Joseph

Wasn’t It Kind of Wonderful?

 

Men as water

slipping between women

as broken fingers

 

Men as the cactus plants

women as burning kitchens

used for oxygen

 

Men as prodigal sons

 

Men as germination

seed firing from outside itself

reaching towards women as the sky

 

Men as sunlight

confined to the nature of falling

on humans in prison grounds

 

Women as the ground

 

Women as penny sweet wrappers

to be torn open by children

as Andy Dufresne

 

Women as weak currency

in circulation

gold bodies bent into palms

folded into dark spaces

 

Children as ceiling fans

tangled in hot air mothers

 

Children as fish in tanks

Children as bottled water

Children as suitcases

Children as sliced fruit

 

Children as wilting plants to be sold

eventually dying at tables and desks

 

Humans as two hands of the same body

picking itself apart

 

Humans as worker bees and honeycomb