The Color of Cream

The Color of Cream


Line drawing of an eyeless floating figure with a crown, necklace and long dress; red spot located on the lower half of the dress.

This is the color of cream; pallid, without humor.

I tried for the good and emptied the vat. The cold, it seems,

Replaced me. And the bodies filed, each depraved,

As the red obscured the haunted cream…    


Nothing is there to dull or explain it. The memory

Is reminded of itself. Those watchers, strange as insects,

Are the sight and not the knowing. Out there,

In a space of music, I thought, maybe, I was free of it.

Their lake-spun eyes searched the presence of

A moonbeam. Off they went to other directions.

Line drawing of sink with water running. Mirror above sink displaying 12 identical crying faces. At the bottom of the sink is a door ajar, with four more faces peaking out. On either side of the sink are flowers. Butterfly sequins glued above flowers.

This one, I fear I have lost. Slipped its way

Through the heart valve, a pink menace, a sort of

Trying affair. Still, there was something I grasped.

In the world of polkadots, of rolling flats,

Royal in blues and reds. There was my brother

The sudden bird, who flapped his wings, bewildered.

It made me wonder: In what way, now, will I care for you?

He spoke the English language. So, I cared for him in that way.

Line drawing of a bird with a human face. Glued to the head and wing are frayed pieces of gold and red ribbon.

But there came a voice, that of a man, his

Ripened face, the object of grief: “We

Are needed back there. The dance has started.

The circumstances are dire. And you’re mine, after all…”

I had no idea what he was referring to. Yet,

The fondness he had for me was evident. Where,

I wondered, had I seen him before? Was it long ago,

When each pleasure made the noise of a hallway-hum?

There was the drumroll of the flesh, browned

And Sicilian, and the perfection of a pleated gown.

I tried to see beyond the trick, but my heart

Made measure for the treachery. Sometimes,

A heart divides like a ripped seed. My heart will fresco

The master with the mediocre. Was he good in bed?

I can’t say. There’s only the vague possibility

That love, in fact, was made.

Line drawing of a woman's naked torso. To the left is a found image of a man looking down. To the right is a woman (from the same found image) praying and looking up towards the man.

Here, the train buzzed in place like an empty tomb.

Where is the natural man? Where is the memory keeper?

Who left the drawer of the nightstand open in that way?

The cymbal of peppered grace is the event

I wished for. Where did the best time go? 

Put me on stage, put me in a play!

I’ll heed the king’s warning, I’ll identify the bandits.

My death will speak for itself. A woman on her knees,

a solemn stiletto. All of us alight

under the guessing dome. How far we’ve come,

one side to the next. A dream is like

a spiderweb; the adherence to the geometric.

Line drawing of an eyeless ballerina, with hair in a high bun, necklace, leotard and tutu. Glued to the tutu are pieces of frayed pink ribbon.


Line drawing of a pig running. Behind the pig are red spots. Pink dashes color the pig outside the lines. Red mark coming off of the moth and pink glitter patches on the body.










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