A tulip dress is the sea in your closet.
Say if in another reality you
doused yourself in gasoline,
setting the world on fire in front of you?
Even the birds of prey
fled to another corner of the universe
by changing into constellations —
not one those birds sang. A bronze phoenix
scaled in boldness —
this immolated body rises from ash
to the tune of a lovely stranger in flames.
A tulip dress is the sea in your closet.about the author