Cindy Rinne

El tiempo

Of Sky and Earth #19 by Stephen Linsteadt

You— kiss my maze
           of bones
I— stroke your splintered

your blood baptizes
            spirit bear

she groans in grasses,
city lights, and scrub
evoking          ecosystems
           like hands
with fingertips for faces

blue lizard-man
flails under the gaze

of Taurus new moon
stars chewing
horns lingering

Peace bird
by an all-seeing virgin,

mirrors itself,
           eyes closed

you chant a hymn
taste Roman numerals
like trees stamped
            across            the horizon

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