I’m Socrates
in my marriage:

I ask questions,
she breaks and bites,
like biscuit between teeth.
She seeks wetness:
milk, orange, moon-dew,
and pulls a spit-thread
through a brittle button.

Morning arrives,
a ticket counter,
to our amphitheatre.
Beads of hemlock night
drop between her legs.
Leaves flirt in a teapot:
shy circumlocution.

“Sugar?” she asks.
The spoon turns
into a panopticon.

(First published in Pyrta)

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