The Complexity of Language

he told me I had Polish eyes
and ballerina feet
what does that mean? I
asked since
Polish eyes are
what color?
and I think of ballerina feet
as twisted and abused
but safe to say, I don’t think he
meant that

he told me I was no
liferaft he didn’t want to
hang onto
I’ll drown you
I’ll take you with me

he promised and I
believe he did mean that

he gave me a book of
Paz poems in
spanish with a scripty
backwards dedication that
I can’t read and left
me with what is sacred?
did he mean sacred as a moment or
sacred as a song?
did he mean to sing it?


 San Miguel de Allende, Mexico