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Reliquary of Touch: October Serenade

clung bees
to sides of cinderblock
shaft risen into shadow-
in the contrast
of the lightbulb's
grained cast the bees,
flung jewels
-I can't not think of your hand
tightening around my neck, half
caress: same against
or surrendering,
the bees dying
outside the light's
smudge of degree