Mari Dweese | Kinky Keeps the House Clean

Mari Deweese

Excerpts from Kinky Keeps the House Clean

I swear, if you liked me on my knees half as much as you blather about, you’d let me get back to cleaning these gross-ass grout lines. 


You can’t make me,
you won’t
make me fall in love.
That is all the preface
you will get.

I know. I know the way
a breath turns into
bubbles, becomes laughter
in the bloodstream
of the golden sort, a bell
singing over hills, lava
bursting through blackened
cracks, unrepentant
in downward resolution
burning slowly, vegetation
catching fire.

And if you made me
coffee and brought me breakfast
in bed, I’d glow,
I’ll admit it, all
cozy-fluttery, sheepish smile,
sleep-pink lips upon you
shining. Then I’d think,
why is the fan off?
and kick
out of the blanket nest
I’d built
cuz it’s too stifling
to even fucking breathe. 


I see now that blue squills and daffodils are enough to cut the string that has held this broken kite to earth for too long, and today, I am lovely.

I don’t need to be clean.


Copyright © 2017 Mari Deweese

ISBN 978-0-692-83008-6

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