On Amending the Texas Constitution to Ban Marriage Between People of the Same Gender

speak perfect words and grin white teeth in this
a love you claim like property, under sky and sea
where pointy fish schooled in chains for food
simply for you to expand your tragic glut

how go you now to squash your need through others
being as reflections of might just be men and you
claim the colossal banner of all matter's truth
to slink and hide in old dank caves

see you in this light, as glass or natural water reflects
you that beaming icon of immobility first forged inside
those young nights of doubt and need and quiet shame
strangled you in this light, this darkness of the other you
not you gilded in black fear nor the fallen need of all you felt

you there alone with all those creatures you now call love
with best friends left and gone along replaced
by the sharp vertical thrust of will that severs neck from chest
how sacrificial was your love that night you hated so
then decided once for you, yours and all that i must break

speak now your compelling artifice into the space before you
luxuriate in the comforting nest of your severed limbs and know
you have done right and good and true and know love more
acute as another man might feel

your love or perhaps it is concern extends a solitary circle
around only you and yours with the twittering beaks bleating
a small twig nest so wholly yours like mirrors of that which was
so speak the perfect words and grin white teeth in this
the love you claim like property

under sky and sea the selfish need is killed then born again
while perfect words of I move forth in cracked simplicity
an I half dead by black yet gilded fear, of whom you remember
the unspeakable night so bright, so hated, so real
so unanswered still alone so many years from here

hurrah for the tiny war-torn eyes that now wield weight
for vast is that god to protect, that god who loves not
what you are but instead just seems or performs
the acts you do, remembering you're just half dead

you know these things who clamp your roofs
you've felt them one by one, and that is why
this day you proved once more your strength
then tonight you'll lock your door