Two Poems

Two Poems

COMMUNION   Here I am, a thinly veiled excuse, piety prettied in a party dress, a child bride among child brides. Doe-eyed at the window, itself a doe’s eye, rimmed with cold grey velvet stone. The wafer tastes like nothing I’ve known. White patent...
Three Poems

Three Poems

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Marilyn

Marilyn

    I am exhausted by the gods. I called their names for years, waited for the chorus to busk a tune I could believe in, one that told me the truth and might have saved the million mistakes: all those men with matinee lips that turned out to be teeth, bussing me into...
Two Poems

Two Poems

  Fallout   “Radioactive decay is the set of various processes by which unstable atomic nuclei (nuclides) emit subatomic particles. Decay is said to occur in the parent nucleus and produce a daughter nucleus.” Allegory made easy, our story foreshadowed by science:...
Two Poems

Two Poems

Elegy When the dog, at last, is satisfied, we descend from the highest peak we’ve dared test our spikes on, a moderate hill in the park where others in boots have pressed a system for feet in the ice trails. As a matter of consistency, we hike, pause at the overlook...
The glaciers, irrevocably melting

The glaciers, irrevocably melting

    groan and heave in heavy labor. When my body slid into transition, down that steep moraine, the midwife murmuring some pre-Latin Alpine language, I shattered like that, too. Easier the grief of words than any bone- deep thaw, the afterbirth’s tossed...
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