1. Sliver-Tongue

    Ruby throat rising like the sun:
    beat, beat, beat, darling one!

    Sliver-tongue, sliver-tongue, sliver-tongue,
    tremble your way to the flower cup,

    into the sheath of sweetness,
    into the shell where the syrup runs.

    Sweet tongue, lithe tongue, flickering wish:
    Still as drumsticks, quick as fish.

  2. Named for her red red throat rising up like the sun and the hum of her wings on a hot summer’s afternoon after the rain.

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