Jam in the DoorjambCati Porter
In an instant he has burned her house down. She tells him she would like to climb inside so he opens the door. It is wet in there, coupled with a violent sigh much like a tornado in bloom. He makes her toast. She asks for jam. Her feet make a squishing sound as she finds her way to the couch. She owns him now. Yet the white of the ripple aches clean. Not that there is anything less clean than the inside of a person. Dirty, like the handful of peaches he offers, slick and overripe. She takes them even though she would rather have been offered a gun. There is a small room at the back of his throat where he keeps a spare. It is loaded like a small child. It is a fast moving river. She bathes in his mouth. When she is finished he offers her no towel. She stands there dripping on his nice pink floor. Last night he dreamt of her seventy-nine year old father. He was helping him slip on his robe. The night before he dreamt of fingers. Someone kissing the tip of the middle and leaving it wet. In an instant he has ruptured her train of not. As in, this is not what she expected to find on his shag rug. As in, this is not the sort of tea he usually steeps in. As in, this is not his cup. In fact, it is yours. You hear it whistling. It likes to sing, too, but you keep it under wraps so as not to disturb their well. How would you like to stay the night? He asks. You answer by nodding off. You are the last thing he thinks.
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