POETRY
The Witch

My friend Denise said
she takes up too much
of my time.
She just moved
into a peeling pink house
on the East side-
two bedrooms
seven hundred flat-

a little too close
to where my ex and I
wanted to live,
where the doors locked
in the morning
when he woke up,
and key holes
were a low voice
spoken through the
deepest black mustache, but

rape is a personal experience.

I light a red candle whenever
he's mentioned,
plant a tree every year
in the woods where
I burned his name
and threw it away.

I smoked a bowl
and across the room
in the mirror
saw Denise and I,
like water, when
the ground is too cold
and the air is too hot.

We both slid our armor off
like wrapping paper,
and let men
close in on us
like a claw.