how to

let’s say a butterfly 
strokes your palm with its dusty feet, ok?
it can feel good, see?
        the lacks are easier to write
the ache to clench 
to keep            )           keep still
he holds your skull 
you lick his teeth  

butterflies don’t like closed hands,
get it? 

Aleda Bliss is a writer, actress and graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Her work has previously appeared in Chronogram. She lives in Brooklyn.