Middle of January (We've all been there)
I am black ink
dark goddess cloak
with six little seeds
I am unforgiving
of the force that pulls me down
and at the same time
If only I could turn everything as black
as my kitten's round eyes
with her two black lines
that run down from the corners
as if she's been crying inky tears.
Sylvia--or as we call her at home
baby kitty Sylvia--dark namesake
mother of starkness
darkness in her ink
she grabbed at it and came up
with a chokekold of blue-flamed gas.
It's this heat we crave
in the middle of January.