Katy Oliver

Love Me Like a River Does

Love me
like a river does
When moon’s light shatters on black skin
Nestle in silt bed one of us,
Drown me outside, then in.
Cast me on the glazed black floor,
Where each skirt splashes like a cymbal
Let me drift with outstretched oars,
Sink me, watch me softly spindle.
Dredge me with the marrow moon
When shards of stars are swept on by,
Pluck from the roots my catacomb
Submerge me in the harrowed sky.
You fell me, I lumber on adrift a sea,
Of gray tongues lapping at me caustically

Photograph by Larry Thacker