Only Heaven

By | 13 October 2020

Hozier playing when
we climbed
into the backseat of my car

parked by the oval on
Gay St – your idea,
we laughed and perhaps

I am naive for not
seeing it coming,
for missing it,

turning to shut the door:
your slick-quick
undressing, how suddenly

I gasp and gasp –
the single streetlight
filtering through glass

we are blue in this dark or
underwater which would explain
why I am breathless

the only heaven I’ll
be sent to / is when
I’m alone with you

it’s not like I have never
seen a bra never seen
breasts before, I have:

my body mirrored in
salt-water stories
and childhood rituals

eyes closed to the night
in theory, in practice
in milky dreams

see, I have been chasing
the moon my whole life
and now here she is

full and orange, glowing
until I am tide-bent, until
I am waxing golden

in the low lamp light, I was
free / heaven and hell
were words to me

my mouth opens in oblation
whispers, ‘oh my god, oh
my god, oh my god’


This poem cites lyrics from two songs by Hozier: ‘Take Me to Church’ and ‘Work Song.’

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