A
Boy
Named
River

Wild flower with teeth

Tell me snakes with legs

Tell me butterflies

Tell me how to die

Tell me how to bite the flies

and all flesh


Tell me rain tell me rain tell me rain

Tell me how to die and come back again

Tell me snakes with two breasts

looking at me

I was blown through the light by the wind

like a lover


Teach me revolution

Teach me rock with jaws and claws

and a snout

Come into my house

suck the minerals out


I clench my fist

with that flower in it

shake it to the sky

I remember to be in your taste

and in your touch

and in your smile


Tell me how to cook the sun and eat light

Tell me rain tell me rain tell me rain

Tell me how to die and come back again

The seeds they ride in animal pelts

across the universe

You can’t pray a lie

Huckleberry Finn says

But you can pray a verse

You can pray a verse


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