They Will Sew the Blue Sail

Ars Poetica | Kenyatta Rogers

Purple follows me

and breaks noise

makes noise

silent quiet

Purple knows when to

show her face

she knows that I am a surgeon

who arranges characters

with an unsteady hand

like a child learning

about flightless birds

wondering what’s the point

like a young boy

teaching himself

how to jerk off

in his mother’s bathroom

where would an ostrich fly to?

how far could a duck walk?

Purple says

I’m not violet

and canaries will adapt to live in coal mines