It all goes away. Ta. Evening after
evening after. Tee-Tee Ta. The Mantis
rubbing claws, cleaning her mandibles, her
lover’s weed, her root and roe. Green goddess,
Eater of Men, it’s how I learned to count:
Ta, Tee, Tee-Tee Ta. Your luminescent
charms. Light. Happiness. How you let him mount
you, then off with his head. Tee-Tee Ta. Scent
of the demon in heat. Mansbane. Conquest
of your mates. Shh, I’m counting. Ta. I give
myself. Tee-Tee Ta. I count. It’s my choice
to count. The beat of the heart at rest. Rest.
Counting as song. There’s nothing to forgive,
darling. And if I sing you are my voice.