There is no bed beneath dreams
Madagascar wove of children reaching
aphrodisiac watermelons, rind ground between
teeth and veins, time whittled
against dagger-thin ribs.
Therein the child sees fingers clasp watermelons
in the rain, whistling as his father
whistles for the matted dog in cassava brush
to clothe itself in their stray hut
from the animal greed of the skyborne vibrance.
Desperation is his dream, where
the little hands roam and bleed seedlings
for every golden drop of nectar
noontide malevolence does not suck
into the sky, away from his naked earth.