View your Object of Desire through a kaleidoscope. Watch him fragment. Fall in love with a chunk of orange or red from his right shoulder. When you kiss, feel the heat of colors burn your top lip. Speak with a slight lisp for a few days. Mis- pronounce his name: “Tham,” not “Sam.” When he corrects you, interrupt him with another kiss. When he wears blue, ask him to change. When he holds you in the dark, know he can never warm all of you. When he says, “I love you,” pretend you didn’t understand, hear what you want.
Erin Marsh is a poet living in Bemidji. She has poems in Sugar House Review, Post Road Magazine and Paper Darts. She graduated from the low-residency MFA program at Lesley University in Boston, MA, and is now taking classes at BSU. You can keep up with her at her blog Against Love Poetry.