songs of spine & salt

brush my hair aside
trace your lips along my spine
& read the stories in my bones

this one, here, by my rib
read me Hemingway in the bath
and smelled of cut grass
it took me months
to stop inhaling my pillow
with a smile

here, along the curve of my shoulder
this one brushed my hair for hours
& cooked me jambalaya
in a moon shaped dish
he’s still turmeric and cayenne
to me

this freckle against my rib
she won me with sarcastic German
and medieval hair
she laughed when I tasted of grapes
& said I scowled like a gorgon
even as I slept

this bone, here, with the kink
belongs to him
with the slide guitar & cowboy boots
who howled at the moon with me
left handprints on my thighs
& smelled of leather, & lemon, & lust

Tequila lives here, by this scar
on my hip
she threw me against the wall
& finally pounced
then the next day proposed marriage
to a dull boy with black eyes
& no idea

this lower rib, if you lean in
still smells of the ocean
of a blue eyed boy with
dirty laugh & carnal wrists
who let me lick the salt from his skin
& still reads every word

this bruise at my tailbone
just doesn’t heal
but his scent of pears and cigarettes
is becoming fainter
& no longer turns my stomach
or my heart

brush my hair away
& find a bone

choose your scent

write your song

& leave it on my skin

so I can play it
when you’re gone
& smile

© bellmusker 2008

songs of spine & salt


Melbourne, Australia

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