"elegy for my lover’s spine" by Cassidy Champagne
bones surrounding the spinal cord are the weakest in the body
but my lover’s vertebrae are as vehement as I
protrude through skin on sheets
his spine greets me, says hello!
speed bumps run along its surface,
warn of his delicacy. remind me.
saran wrap skin stretches tight as I try
to unravel him daily.
ask his back: do you ever let anyone in?
watch knuckles, knots manufacture
homes inside their maker.
he tells me the photographs will last longer.
my eyes linger. they remember.
I play his pulse as a beat, my chewed cuticles
claw their way round & down his throat,
wrap around small intestine
Cassidy Champagne is a poet and student, often found with a coffee in hand, writing about the pacific northwest or her failed relationships. She believes the colour green is everything. Find her being mostly inactive on Instagram @casschampagne.