Bandon Downing


upper world everywhere
their upper world; haunted

we quit the
the beast
  sex burned to speak
the way to the golden Indian

      tender girls!
waving fingers
little as the Talmud

eyes, like metal in the
            liquid or
            evil in

  eyes dilated, steadied, speculated, weighed
what they inhale and guess at
also we know that
the rest is shadow

    cast the die for love,
for non-professional actresses
under haphazard flashes

those eyes
of the sex