Wednesday, August 5, 2015

LALO KIKIRIKI A Miracle: Portrait of She and He

We are always
by tiny miracles
in the dust of days
               -Alice Q. Palmer Wood

For thirty years she has managed
the monthly miracle
of "paying the bills"
dipping just enough from that money river
         to last
                 past the flipping of a calendar page.
He calls it "keeping the wolf from the door"
and she wonders,
has he ever felt the fangs –
         the drip of its hot saliva
                  slide into the pulse of his clavicle?
She feels the wolf's breath hot
         on the nape of her neck
                  as she signs each check
with the hyphenate name he gave her
making the miracle happen
         one more time

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