Earthworms / don’t have eyes, but they have light— / sensitive receptors in their skin. Especially their front end.
don’t have eyes, but they have light—
sensitive receptors in their skin. Especially their front end.
If exposed for more than an hour,
She saw not her own reflection, but a tall, empty vase—
prickling violet thistle of her mouth
humming gold thread of her lie
the ferns, green and strong, up to her waist
tall as a child wrapped around her leg
the long, fuzzy stamen folding into the oily basin
her feet, already in wet cement
The blackest parts of her eyes grew darker, her petulance moulted
and she looked on herself in wonder
she had almost died of thirst
a pile of worms thrashed in the garden,
something that could,
be solved in the dark light typical of the companionship they kept.
Her eyes were very dark,
but at night the coldness leached from them
like icicles melting from prehistoric caves, abandoning the possibility of killing.