Contract (2009)

I hear before I see

Given to music, 
Lullabies lure me 
Into seeing 
If the presence has worth

Warranty to smell 
Of Murphy’s oil soap 
And lilac bushes 
In bloom

Guarantee to taste 
Like smoldering 
Mango-honey cheesecake 
And the deepest red wine

Insurance to feel 
Like all the precious 
Artifacts my mother 
Told me not to touch 
In the antique stores

Yet assure to willingly 
Break all those treasures 
And hear history 
Come crashing down

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