we leave our initials


smoke on your lips
park bench beer gullets
red carnival dog in cellophane cocoon
dragged through subway breezes
Montreal eyes wild open


nuestras lenguas push against
borders that filter your presence
aquí name you         secret butterfly
                                 night call novio


cien dólares split
between taxi cab to stairwell & mcdonald’s
we stain the concrete with our shadows


pocket condom wish
in the grace before dawn
anticipation turns to aftermath


no hubo                    sangre
there was no            catch up
sólo hubo                  aire
there was only          floating


                                 fingertip brevity

Méira Cook read this piece in manuscript, helping develop it for TOK.
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