have we been birds? by tamara jobe
This, a pain when we touch,
when we crush between our
sticky fingers all that we've
done : it smells of a fruit
no one has a name for.
We have no name for.
In the mornings we carry the succor
in the backs of our mouths, safe for later.
We talk to the sky in made-up tongues.
In made-up tongues we rabble and gobble
and hunt each other for the right words:
to glut, to skewer, to fuck. We know the names
we call each other but no one else does.
The pulp between us: silken, seeded,
suited. We warble together to hear
our choked songs when we forget
how to speak.