Rondeau at the Train Stop
It bothers me: the genital smell of the bay
drifting toward me on the T stop, the train
circling the city like a dingy, year-round
The Puritans were right! Sin
is everywhere in Massachusetts, hell-bound
in the population.
it bothers me
because it's summer now and sticky - no rain
to cool things down; heat like a wound
that will not close.
Too hot, these shameful
percolations of the body that bloom
between strangers on a train.
It bothers me
now that I'm alone and singles foam
around the city, bothered by the lather, the rings
Know this bay's a watery animal, hind-end
perpetually raised: a wanting posture, pain
so apparent, wanting so much that it bothers me.