Sapphics for a Dead Porn Star
for Maryam Haley (aka Haley Paige) 1981-2007
Image one: your face in the carpet, flattened,
open-mouthed, and written across your forehead
one wordwhore. Lights. Camera. Action. Someone
screaming for more, more.
Image two: the glittering sand, arrested
mollusks dropped by waves in their long reach from places
far away. You're six, and the shells cut both palms
blood in the water.
Image three: too thin for your age, a shadow
pressed against the fence, the entire schoolyard
empty. Home is nowhere you want to be, and
dusk is so pretty.
Image four: a dirty motel, but outside
stars are all you see in the San Diego
sky. You're broke, tomorrow will see an adnude
modeling. Top pay
starting something, something that can't be stopped but
now your name is Maryam Haley, now it's
past your bedtime, now the alarms fall still, now
starlight is plenty.