To leave the light on is to let them in, the drone:
their arrival thick in your ear, denying sleep.
My brother rests more deeply than me;
he wakes covered in their raised kisses. The love
they take for their children. My blood is bitter;
they do not like the taste. I go down to the gutters
where they breed, hatch and feed in the tepid
airless water. I stand at the edge;
wait so still I might be a tree, or hanging
from a tree. They know me and do not settle –
my hands would smear their stained-glass
wings; pink-amber bellies crushed
black and red between the hairs of my legs,
brother-blood on the palms of my hands.