Bonnie & Clyde (Pantoum)

Her skin smells like water, or chlorine, and in

the green light, colored like new love,

she asks, were you a soldier?

I have to say no, but I did once kill a man.

 

The green light, colored like new love,

turns her skin blue and I ask if she is cold-

she says no, but I did once kill a man.

She pulls her blouse over her head-

 

turning her skin blue, I ask if she is cold

as I run a hand up her leg, tracing her-

she pulls her blouse over her head

pushing me away in the process of undressing.

 

I run a hand up her leg, tracing her

skin that is laid over veins and muscle.

She pushes me away in the process of undressing-

explaining what it is like to kill, to watch a man die.