"Trust Metaphor" from Eric Tran's MOUTH, SUGAR, AND SMOKE




Trust Metaphor




He gave me his box of pills

to taper out and I held it


in my hands like a bird

with a broken wing. No,


like a trusty, neglected

rag tossed in my trunk, or


a favorite resentment

I could revisit day


after day. A worry

stone, a paper cut


on my fingers' webbing.

The squeaky step


to his apartment

for each morning's


sacrament. What faith,

even when I forgot his dose


he'd say it's OK through

his fever's tremble. He knew


I'd be back. And better. A ballerina

twisting in a music box.




 



ISBN: 9781939728531 ; full-length poetry collection, 6x9" paperback

Cover Artwork: Mazahir @girthofvenus on Instagram

Publication Date: July 1, 2022

Author: Eric Tran

Location: Doha, Qatar and Richmond, Virginia

Distribution: Distributed by Diode Editions



Mouth, Sugar, and Smoke is available in the Diode Editions catalog.

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