Untitled by Bells


My eyes follow the green glow

of his kitchen walls as I lay on the floor,

The smell of his compost

And our dying bouquets leaking

Into my nostrils

Like cigarette smoke hiding

Behind a set of teeth.

I think I feel my body being lifted,

Floating up I make eye contact

With the drying candle wax on his dining table.

But, as I look down, my hands are still

Flat on the cold tile.

I don’t feel its touch.

It is all air.

(I can sense when he enters a room

Without needing to turn my head.

A thin string of awareness

Connects one rib cage to another.)

In this moment,

My eyes are still occupied by my fingers,

Tapping,

Up,

And down.

Numb sparks shoot up my arms

As if they are asleep

Every time I make contact with the tile.

My vision focuses on the pink glare

That is blossoming from the space

Between my touch and the floor.

The doorway is at my head.

My hair lifts ever so slightly

As I feel him crossing the threshold of the kitchen.

The tug of the string feels dangerous,

Like my bones are at the brink of their resistance,

Threatening to break through the skin.

I feel the sudden urge to run past his dark form,

Through his rotting front door,

And into the night.

I long for the cold from the pavement to seep into

The soles of my feet.

I hear the music of my blood too close to my eardrums.

But,

I stay,

And instead,

I feel his arms before he starts to reach for me.

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