UPENDED

something about the way

your crystalline iris'

moved me

moved time

and uncovered a void

a space, an infinite hole

splitting

my thick

concrete shell

into fragments


like a shift in the tides

i was found upturned

belly up

under the lazy midday sun


left only with

a subtle sense

like the purr of your

hot breath

behind my ear


a reminder

that i'm not hard

not cold

and i can't keep pretending

to be