wrestling the sea into a headlock of subzero submission.
Only dreamers wish it would melt
only sharks break it on purpose.
Too much weight in one place causes
a chain reaction.
That’s why I lie prostrate
numb and flat
spread for punishment.
Then maybe my fists won’t be so sharp
my lungs so heavy.
Maybe I can spread eagle and
keep the cracks from reaching my loves.
This is how I survive
how you taught me to live
drawn and quartered on boiling ice.