Jessica Fordham Kidd
RED IN THE TREES ALWAYS CATCHES THE EYE
Lil Jamie has unrestrained ideas of love
and a muscle at the hinge of his jaw
carved and burly from all the clenching it does.
He clenches at every mention of family.
He clenches every time someone assumes
he is their same, has their same insecurities.
He mostly wants people to shut the fuck up.
At night he dreams of a woman in a wide-brimmed hat
and overalls. When he undresses her,
she has the wings of a hummingbird
and she makes them both vibrate
as they make love in his granny’s garden.
Or he dreams of a man also in overalls
who keeps a great red fox tail hidden
down the back of the left pant leg.
When he undresses him, the tail caresses Lil Jamie
before they both run wild through the woods
to swim the creek. The tail is warm
and Lil Jamie loves the way it drapes
across his chest while his lover stretches
belly down beside him.