CAROLINE CABRERA

 

FOUR OF SPADES

I’m looking for horses at Mont-Royal
I’m sending you pictures of sharks
an aerial view is an asset but only sometimes
sometimes you want me
to wade right into the muck
sometimes you carry me on your back
and we fall into the pond together
and we are not like great tortoises
not even a little
though once I saw two at the zoo kissing
when you are in love
you think all animals are kissing
until one bites the other on the throat
listen I can’t be fake pregnant every year
I’ll buy the fancy cheese and wait
you work on your impression
of someone in town to stay

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JOKER

The theology of the poem is brutal
you don’t want to be exposed as simple
clear as a window
through which we can only see
our own dead dogs
it’s unreal how unfunny I am
bagpipes would be pretty funny
fainting goats even better
French is so funny
we have to physically expel
our satisfaction
someone tells me a thing a deer did once
and I think
I guess you could get a deer to do that
the desire is big enough
I guess I can braid your mermaid’s hair
hair floating is so typical for them

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THREE OF HEARTS

When we hook our elbows together
the wind cannot take us
when we share lipsticks
we still do not look the same
when I fly
I want to fly with you
I want you to hold my sandwich
when I need to fix my mitten
when we eat cake and vodka
when we soak our feet and wash them
there is a world of animals out there
and so many of them
hide in the ocean
and so many are terrifying
if we feel brave we can look together
when we go to the aquarium
I might need you to help me fix my hood

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