Tensions ease but friendships do not fail;
another hour, another light burned out in the living room
keeping it just dark enough that I can’t think
where I left my other sock.
Hope cried out to me, once, in the desert
with a beaming moon; bleeding inscriptions
that vaguely pronounced the theory of
Vagabonds and prostitutes,
I come alive with chemotherapy,
foot snare and airplane runways
zooming down the Eastern highways
and the rabbits all wore hiccup suits.
Shone in shorn in should I
take the dive, plunge into
the eternal black and without splash,