I dreamt 
we were sieged by
a giant Boa constrictor
and the only way
to free ourselves
was with a much smaller
Boa constrictor.


The heat sends me nights 

thick with dreams. 

We open our windows at 3 a.m.

and stare out at the stars. 


I bite my fingernails back

Its click leaking into the corners of quiet.

Hollow humping

of cicada sighs

fill the space between us

like cement.