Renku with Puncture Vine

Goat-heads stick in my rubber soles.
The feral cat follows me too close.
I trip, lose a shoe, foot a pin cushion

Of porcupine quills
Screaming rock lyrics to the stars.

Can you hear me?
Can you feel me?
Shall I poke you harder?

I wipe my soles on the mat outside.
Later, in the mudroom, my lover groans, “Ouch!”

Rachel Kellum
Timmy Fritzler
Dorell Drake

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