he begged a human cannonball
to shoot him into the sky
just so he could replace the moon.

for morning exercises,
he stretched his arms and legs
to look a bit more like infinity.

he swished heartbeats
in his mouth
like mouthwash,

used a telescope to
look for his lover’s
initials in the sky.

all his nightmares
began with the words:
once upon a time…