on vampires and belljars (an introduction to creative writing)

– Rosie Woodrow Kyle

 

we built this house with secret hands
with doe eyes over clockwork, grease,
steam

here is the manual on how to make it pretty:

1.
take the oil from the lamp and keep it hidden in your mouth, learn to work
in the dark, or under blacklight

2.
give him teeth and make him love you, smile,
sacrifice yourself, listen
learn the mirror never breaks
the mirror has plenty of you for everyone

3.
we arrive in rows of ten, keep
the pen in hand and sword in throat, he tears it down again,

4.
it goes out kicking
it is dead because we drowned it
beautiful like we painted it
empty because we made it so
taste the oil you didn’t swallow

5.
leave the oven door open

spit

burn