Step Off Golden Rat Tail
here a clumped heart &
welts soon for the softer plush—
our thickened carpet slug.
we are on a different level
we are slipping towards burnt
-out ground while you remain.
when amassed, the mesh holds &
me? i’m ready to draw supply
from this well we are gathered.
please come inside please witness here
a flushed wound
become not a peaty substance
but new normal
before a purpose;
or spread with economy
i’m ready for the insides of it
or you—the armour could be
protective, though— oh. sometimes
girls also look gentle but can bite
apply in the spring; think to dry
the tension here not between
what can/can’t but what will turn
our dirt no longer couched
in narratives of a deep reserve
- Elena Gomez reads 'Step Off Golden Rat Tail'