BREAKING THE FEVER

                                

the tender bend

of your reflection

inverts in chrome

a kettle boils

 

I drape

a warm towel

over the newel

of your head

steam rises

 

a robe puddles

to reveal

the wing bones

of your fever

 

gel cap foils –

bulged and broken

folded back

torn by a stainless fork

 

 

First Publication: Bellevue Literary Review, September 2016