Like cellar door,
There’s melody cloaked in the malady.
Forget the cinderblocks, the grimy ground
behind the words, like the brutality
of the rain. Hear its lovely drum, the sound
caught in the downpour.
a clitoris by any other name.
The name as sweet might mean a creeping flower,
petal-clad, wearing the silky plume
of traveler’s joy, snowdrift, virgin’s bower,
or satin curls.
(whose mother Leda caught it from a swan).
It ought to be the color tangerine,
a lightning storm, or a high-class salon,
this parasite who should have been a queen,
In a French Rococo garden, light and gaudy,
it drapes a woman on a swing mid-swoop
as a man kneels below her skirt—both bawdy
in their powdered wigs, her pose, his gape.
should swap with fulgid.