#4 Amber (C10H16 O + H2S)
the neighbors stomped around between walls and I wonder why there are too many worlds to get lost in Amber harnessing the magical energy of the sun what if my own circle isn’t big enough or because there is just one of them he comes in all flannel and I am busy writing my way into my life my horror movie girls and bare midriffs on the rise why do you have to be pretty to be murdered? small pieces melted together we rotate over cacti and resinous dirt and sneak around the gloves in the washer / the book store is closed on Sunday / in the rain / but the gelato store is open the bike trail was called Short and Cranky but once you return to real Tuesdays you just become a vacation wife light enough to float on water He also tells me there is an animal in his mouth and it died and this makes me laugh uncontrollably but I also know the animal is dangerous with a Hardness level of 2 and younger
#5 Diopside (CaMg(SiO3)2)
I cannot pry you open and feel your outer barbs the finest and most precious : the soft palate needs to lift to make sound but sometimes we are silenced in the mud Diopside stimulates new cycles of growth this is mud season after all the Uber driver tells me he is helping his mom drive to Disneyland later this week and offer protection from the evil eye you apologize for being on your phone for two hours at that brewery and then the sunrise where we got carbon monoxide poisoning and you say just don’t be a tourist but I feel like a stranger seeing the best in things who else will take a photo of this dinosaur skeleton riding a bicycle? reverse a negative emotional state, be granular the redness of our faces and tomatoes on signs and the roundness of pizza and body sections I cannot fill up enough on your forearms that move away into the fog and hail in the middle of spring the rare violet blue of your entrenched insides
#6 Sphene (CaTiSiO5)
She says yes and how your dog loves me when I clear my emotional stress with a combination of Rose quartz and Sphene laying at my heart how I want your dog in crop tops and summer yellow home is unannounced drop-ins but you warn me your time is limited card games and more paint to drown in he shortens words and challenges with pink Magic : offer solutions to a problem Align subtle bodies my knives aren’t sharpened on a regular basis and no one describes rock colors as “rarely clean” especially with metamorphic rocks with a hardness of 5.5 Sphene is sometimes used as an imitation stone for more valuable rocks such as Topaz I watched your hips go up and down on that mountain bike in deeply entrenched conditions white fluffy clouds and the buildings and the silver buffalo and these are all accounts of a breast bone and delicate jade plant roots that fall out of the pot look for a warm beast flank to call home on a brow chakra Motivate and drive into applesJennifer MacBain-Stephens lives in the Midwest and has poems published in Yalobusha Review, Cleaver, and Dream Pop Press. Her fourth full length book of poetry, We’re Going to Need a Higher Fence, recently came out from Lit Fest Press.