Christine DeSimone If it feels good, donât say it. Now what am I supposed to do? Thereâs not enough space on this form. Hell is other people, so said Sartreâ this clot of humans, daybound and tethered, two-faced, watching. I donât need to check under the bed for sounds. Iâm afraid of nothing but the sheets I pull back. I eat the moon through my window. I carry a wicker basket of barbed wire. I get everything I want, just at the wrong time: Sniper, lightning, candlepin, lynchpin, safety pin. And what if I like the pain? Or what if Iâm over it? Maybe Iâm used to the way the ground swallows me each time I walk to the bus. There are days when Iâll jiggle the daggerâs hilt. I prefer the jab-jab-jab that reminds me Iâm still alive. Some say thereâs meaning in where an archerâs arrow strikes. Where your thoughts are, thatâs where you land. A word can mock you in a turtleneck. I am trying: I pull my hair back to hear things correctly. I pin lips quiet when someone closes the door. I know how to zing clean with a cartoon smile. I bite
Prairie Schooner – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Aug 9, 2017
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