Can’t Mix the Sun with the Earth

He mashes boiled apples with peaches, says
there’s no better way to mix the sun with
the earth. This baked dough boy, saccharine
falls in lumps from his body to the floor

as he shuffles around, gathering spices,
mixing basins, wires, ingredients of comfort.
singsan apple pie without cheese is like
a kiss without a squeeze.” Suddenly, I know

he’s right, and every other hot oven has
been baking all wrong, all these years,
the same way painters can’t mix acrylics
with tin foil to get the orange, the taupe

just right. The same way winding up in
Florida has never really cured anyone of
melancholia, hysteria, Barry’s Florida Water
bottles broken all along the coquina streets,

the advertisements said this state cures land-
locked syndrome but there’s actually nothing
worse for you, standing on a clinging shore,
afraid to get your blouse wet, afraid of the

heaviness of the cloth, the truth of it’s salt:
there is nowhere else to go without a paddle.
There’s only a path of sunken footprints you
came from, soft cupped hands, not feet, so

so you follow them in reverse, although nothing
else is also in reverse. Unfortunate paths, this
must have been what drove Joe Bolton, falling
down, the feel and smell of salt stuck to every

thing, dried out skin, a growing entrapment,
constant sting of open wounds. Sulfur water
can only cleanse black water to black, it can
cure nostalgic clam shells, any wish to escape

sink holes, they are a common feature of the
landscape, lost villas, cars, bodies. But there’s
only the humid balloon in the sky, it hovers the
haunted Atlantic breezes, can’t carry Joe away.

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