Salt Wife

And I am thinking of you who
Halted my words
Like a stutter, stealing

All the dreaming from
The days
You eclipsed with

The blank moons
Of your
Bare breasts

Whenever liquor limped in
My blood
Like the Lethe's love, and loneliness

Frothed from the river
They found
That black suicide in.

Michael Brown Jr. is a resident of the Bronx in New York City. He recently attended a Cave Canem workshop in Brooklyn during the spring and hopes to attend a Brooklyn Poets workshop in the summer of this year.