s m e l l l i k e a g i r l
M A R E K L U G O W S K I
took a whiff inside the bright green plastic
bubble sheet in which my medicine comes
hospital sunlight on a pretty pretty pretty nurse's hair!
dust dancing in a beam of light. smell like a girl.
a skein of white opaques: messages in a bottle
each carefully dispatched by sam.
before sam -- odu. before odu -- sk.
i take my medicine with tea
i hope to take tea with my medicine
pi lo chun. golden gleam.
white winter light has yellowed
pond water ripples ripens to afternoon blue
wind hairplays with it
for me you will always bring more -- pledges the water
for me you will always bring more -- pledges the wind
smell like a boy smell like a girl
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