Alexis Bates

Sugared tongues sour
in the typical way.

I put my mouth on yours,
and I think your body reacts
only to things I do poorly.

Is it the effort? or the decade?

I think you must sweeten only
in watching my decay.

I exist
moment by moment.
Where is the you in that?

“there is something to be said about words that sound. sounding to memories, or fear, or future, or other things. if my words can bring strangeness - oddity - the weird - to life, it is sound.”


Alexis Bates is creative living in Baltimore. You can read her work in Luna Luna Magazine, Five:2:One, Vagabond City Lit, and elsewhere.