I’d take you out of your silence

on a boat

with a red Phoenician sail

like the one tacking out there

on the stained glass ocean…

but I don’t know how


You’re fixed on that little girl

in the green ruffled swim suit

trying to catch sugar birds

by the pool

with her tiny hands wide open,


or maybe your smile’s

for the blond feral cat

standing by the pole

of the rainbow umbrella

who’s staring you down


I just want you to look

inside me like that

so I too can live

with you

inside your silence