our shadows on the sidewalk

stretched out before us —

taller than ourselves


The last man

The last man standing 
Understands a crippled heart
How lips bruise blue.
What melodies I whistled
What kisses I blew — Who knew?

A walrus, you say.
Your hand went to the bald man
A Portuguese tongue.
My hands fluttered to China.
Your heart crashed in Brazil.