Poem by Jessy Randall • Photo by
Gary F. Clark
The Weight, the Heat of Love
The words slide down from their own weight,
like overburdened refrigerator magnets.
The explosions are adorable. Like a gun
made of playdough. The mother laughs
at the bad word. The children don't know
the names of streets; their geography
works in a completely different way.
When they set up a store they don't know
the prices of things, so I make extravagant
purchases and clear the inventory. They are
so hot when they sleep, burning off all that love.