Forever ago, I met you beneath that difficult press
Under my skin, and he oddly called you ‘junior’.
Careful enough with your filigree bones, your high
Kicks arched on the monitor. Our secret gang
Edited into a public screening. It had already been a day
Dictated by broken rules, snapping them off at their spike.
I’ve never been one for dramatics. But hearing your heart spike
Towards birth curated my plans, still wet from the press.
Obviously you were in there all along, twisting in the day
Resting your tadpole legs, and always my junior
Sporting a jaunty cord. You were restless in this gang
For two. I aimed to finish you, I have never aimed so high.
Underneath that gel, you swam to bump the high
Corner of our vision. I saw it on the outside, but a spike
Kicked out in pleasure when feeling met and formed a gang.
Eternal to that moment, he called you ‘boy’ instead of ‘junior’.
Deleted it from my thoughts, I focused on the press
Internal to my nerves. How could I hear it, ‘boy’, that day?
Take your ears: one, two. We had made them that day
Out of oysters. Kept the pearls to hang up high
Reach up to the tip of the Christmas tree, ‘junior’.
String them up like a cord of reasons, flip them over the spike
Full of pine needles. Take your limbs. We helped press
Underarm hollows with a fingertip. My favourite gang.
Carefully, take your eyes: one, two. A sort of gang
Kept secret even from yourself. Until that day
Expecting darkness, they would thrill against the press,
Delight against the newborn blue. What sort of spike
Into light would that be? I am ahead of myself on this high
Terrible strangeness. Let’s keep your presence junior.
Of course, I heard him call you ‘junior’.
Reach down through my layers to expose our gang.
Strip back my insides to hear that spike
Float up your spine like I’d made it that day.
Understand this, my new and brilliant high
Creature: we’ll see you, hot off the press.
Kiss the spike of hair from your junior face.
Everyone will join our gang, press their lips to you.
Daywards, I will bring you to them on high.