i am fissured time
swarmed with wrinkles
and last year’s sweater vests

my body hidden
under cold michigan

god’s heart
chopped and bled
unto the dirty dishes

my eye rests in your
mouth like a marble

remove my lips
they are strange slugs
for your garden

pry my ribs from this carcass
and feed them to my lover

Kirk P. Hansen was born in Columbia, MO, and holds an M.F.A. in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University. His collection, I wish this feeling was stronger than codeine: Sex poems about love was published by Alpha Beat Press in 1998.