“Rain Covered His Bones” by Manuela Williams

Rain covered his bones

Instead of flesh
so when we met in dingy rooms
I was swallowing storms
and lakes ran from my fingers
after everything I groped

I could never forget lightning
screaming from his eyes


when I picked up a battered suitcase
containing the dreaded
“nomad heart”

And, his teeth, a perpetual grin
the floodgates I feared
would never open to bear
a ship like mine

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