For a moment, we captured all possible danger with flypaper,
speaking frankly about desire as though it was the charred remains of a forest, reset.
Lightning dashed, flame rose and fell and we were left

only with the evidence
that we were a doing a good job,
a kind thing by telling the truth. Our walking culled doubt,

eased the strain
of hand-in-glove disease that warps
the kissing corner and locks

the magazine in place with impeccable and frightening urgency. This is
the bad kind of flinch. After all,
dew still adorns without guilt

of consequence- by morning, each morning. The orchid unfurls
anyway, it all seems so dangerous; but I try.
At the end

of power, there will either be love (as a neighborhood,
a lesson in hopping
chain-link fences, nimble as a pin,

as joy undoing, as joy is another way to undo
as singing, by mercy, we are home enough for now)
Or the phantom palm that runs the length of the arm,

rests at the neck of the short dress
and masquerades as intimate. It was made
devout in breaking; violent white of a moon, stamped triumphantly

in the deep. It reflects at will, the glimmer crawling through bodies
of water, sinister and grazing
everything in sight.

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ALEXUS ERIN is a young writer, living in the UK. She originally hails from Princeton, New Jersey. Alexus' poems thematically address ontology, the domestic space, identity politics and their negotiations as a black woman, love, phenomenology, as well as autonomy. Alexus is a former intern with Poetry Society of America and the Alvin Ailey Foundation. Her work has previously appeared in Speak Into my Good Eye LLC, The Nervous Breakdown, Franklin University Literary Magazine, Potluck Magazine, the Melanin Collective, 6Sentences, as well as the American Society of Young Poets. Alexus has performed poetry at Poetry Out Loud, Esercizio Molini Poetry Slam (Switzerland) and Franklin University. She is currently pitching her first feature-length screenplay, American Lotus Project for production. Her chapbook, Descant, is set to soon be released with Saucepot Publishing. Alexus enjoys noise-punk, theology, and is she actively looking for bandmates. Any free time she manages, she spends choreographing modern dance routines for troupes of children.

One response to “Teach it How to Walk”

  1. Gina Davis says:

    Very thought provoking and creativly artistically written! What a pleasure to be taken on a literary journey

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