Delirium Ante Meridium in the Planetarium (for Madam X)

the fish
on the tilted track
of zodiac dreams
stroke the panther’s back
along her cosmic seams.

they swim faintly
into her eyes
bringin’ night
to its rise.

the bouquet
of her blackness
rains perfume

from the sky
onto you & i
two African violets
picked for ecstasy.

in a sea
of afro bloom
we bathe brightly
beneath the moon.

silken night
nude as solitude
wash us ashore
into your pores.

bring us to where
we’ve been before.
replant us
in this planetarium
we still call Earth.


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