Judith Lapadat

Beyond Hope

ride to the place beyond hope
or stumble
in any case arrive, amnesiac
an I as wicked as wire
wining and dining
slice the dimpled flesh
and look back to see
each footprint shift
rippled sand

then fever scenarios
video hallucinations without before
multiple afters
pebbles unstrung
cocktail parties babble out of time

he or she is present in the headache
purple flush of shame
an unkind phrase
bone conduction

offer the communal bowl
brains and broth
synaptic flash

after all
she is here
articulated bones
beyond hope