may I have you die twice for me? once for sinfulness, twice for sinfulness’s sake, in the early morning as dew trains down the kitchen window. your wings our own sheets, curtains drawn about the climax, what would the heavenly host say of this party? your wheel a heart-cage warm and thrumming, eyes most deft at seeing something worth loving, save for you. kneeling before divinity's concierge is blasphemy, and damn, blaspheming sweet too bad, baby bird. for love’s sake, as true as God—which I don't rebuke.
Brandon O'Brien is a performance poet and writer from Trinidad and Tobago whose work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Uncanny Magazine, Arsenika, Reckoning, and other outlets. He is also the Poetry editor of FIYAH: A Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction.