The lady wears a dress
of monarch butterflies.
(The lady is a keyhole;
her mouth is a flame)
The butler’s hands are piano keys
feeding chickens in the rain.
(The butler is a postcard;
his mailbox is his brain)
The handmaiden’s eyes are gilded,
her spine is a watch chain.
(The handmaiden is a green pasture;
her hills crawl with white goats)
The policeman eats a plate
full of monocles and coffin nails.
(The policeman is a tugboat;
his eyes are harbor mists)
The machinist paints Antarctic sunrises
on black leather boots.
(The machinist is a coral snake;
his heart is a dinner bell)
The house where all and none reside
shivers in the snow.
(The house is a book;
its walls are train stations)