Take away everything unnecessary.
Peel off your fake eyelashes,
Scrub away the foundation.
Get rid of your jewelry:
The elephant pendant swinging under your chin,
Four earrings of white gold,
And don't forget your rings.
Strip the pomp out of your circumstance.
Take the sway out of your hips.
You do not need the high tinkling laugh to cover your nerves;
I won't be impressed by your large vocabulary anyway,
So put down the dictionary.
I want to see you without your computer and its gravitational pull--
If those people are your friends, they will wait for you forever.
just be with me
you don't need capitals or even
just curl up soft next to me in bed
while the morning unfolds cold around us
your skin is cratered
but it makes me think of the moon
you are a bouquet of thoughts all tied up
in forehead wrinkles where anxiety has folded you
but don't worry
we are the same
without the varnish