not that nice a guy.

you say I’m sorry, I’m dominating the conversation
say your piece now
then interrupt me all the way through.

you would have been better off
seeking out a podium and a sea of auditorium seats
than the dining room chair across from me

your words are drowning my thoughts
soon they will be laying dead at the bottom of my mind.

 

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midnight
kitchen table
drunk
pizza

stair creaks
you
grin
pizza

stifled giggles
happy
me
happy

you
go to bed,
idiot
happy.

– replacements for i love you

hummingbird ii.

some nights
i sit in the kitchen
listening to

boxing gloves
smack the life
out of that
leather bag

250 pounds of
muscle and
radiating anger

you flutter around it
floating, flapping
flailing

in rhythm with
the tiny bird
humming
under your ribs

banging into
the walls
of your chest.

-m.k.

a ride in april

the Potomac flashes green and silver
you are beautiful, i tell her

the sun is dancing
smearing everything
in light.

there is laughter in my lungs
heat on my face
water in my eyes
gratitude in my chest

saturating my heart.

it drips down the sides
into the cracks
solidifying.

leaving no more room for the wind to blow through.

-m.k.

we are not having fun.

stop telling me
you’re so fun

this was a

good time.

i am not your buddy
coming over
with beer to
shoot the shit

i am not the stand up special
you put on for
a laugh

it is not fun
we are having
when i draw the tension
from your shoulders

with reassurance
in my mouth
and comfort
on my fingers

when we are up
at midnight
about the pain
this world
carries in her belly

do not pretend
these lines of light
between us

are something
as shallow
as entertainment.

-m.k.

hummingbird i.

the day you
were born
I found a
hummingbird

wing wedged broken
under the concrete
hospital building

let him be
my grandma said
he’s going to die

then inside
I met
you

in a flourish
of relatives
and laughter

you
so pink
such tiny fingernails
tiny agency

and I thought
how confusing
it is

this room
overflowing
with life

when that birdie
is stuck
on the other side
of the wall

-m.k.