excerpt from pt. 2 “Across and Back”
A female astronaut and two male astronauts are to take a six-month exploratory flight into outer space. She has decided that she is going to fuck both men. She has decided that this is the best thing to do, the only thing to do. And what of love. What will she do if she falls in love. What will she do if one of the men falls in love with her.
To her right the Lion.
To her left the Tiger.
She is a Leopard. And when it is dark she has the Lion get on top of her. The Tiger roars and the lights come on and it is quiet again. The Tiger shivers when he and the Leopard are together. When she and the Tiger are together she whispers into his ear, and the Tiger hears.
I see my Cactus brother.
I see my Arizona, my Red skin.
At the end of six months the capsule lands. She is pale, Nordic. He is Black and comes from a large family. All of his sisters and brothers and his parents are suspicious. Coffee is served...
Remember triangles, drawn with or without a ruler, right angles, windows, a house of concrete and brick. She types, he sleeps. He combs his hair, she brushes her teeth. Manners tilt the hat. She promotes the practical. He wants to be forthright.
A car stops and a woman gets out followed by a man. They climb the stairs and open a door. The room is bleak. The furniture old and used. The woman turns the lights on and takes off her coat, her hat, and her shoes. The man takes off his jacket and his tie. They are about to undress when they realize that they are in the wrong house.