Month: March 2009

Marjorie May Davis Reed

Marjorie May Davis Reed

Death is a magnifying glass. A sharp, crisp lens on the influence and impact one human has on another. Breaking open the skin of ourselves, allowing us to weigh that which is ours and that which is theirs. Gramarge’s death was singular in my understanding 

The Tireless Bunny

The Tireless Bunny

Light rises gently, a burden lifted imperceptibly off the brain. Morning is a gift after deep, unforgiving rest dreams painted by Harmony Korine and clean exhaustion.

quim

quim

Go far away from here
Where it’s not so hard to hear
Aloud the streets say
Please make it on your way

Walk down the middle line
To count your blessings truthfully
They’re quarters in a hive
Everything they used to be

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What has hyphenated walls
A foundation that still centered
No front door to fall
No direct way to enter?

the bus; the bike

the bus; the bike

I don’t realize it as it’s happening, but after waiting, time after time, for the two wide headlights, the familiar white roof – – the numerous possibilities ease their way into consciousness and thought.  Wedge themselves firmly, spilling over onto my lap. And I forget. 

Labor

Labor

The tension between darkness and the rest of me is a movie that I watch in the evening then dream about, spreading over my feet thick and mossy. A feeling I can’t shake or reason. Following me closely, pressed against my back, breathing in my 

Desire

Desire

Desire is a bouey holding the water’s surface taught,
tethered by thick iron to the sandy floor.
Patient, unforgiving strength
bears my grasping fingers.
I am aged, a persistent rust that floats
sure in dark water with the cold
creaking weight of a wood ship.

Holding the line

Holding the line

I remember walking down a long gravel road with shallow ditches on either side and tall, old trees. Wind, my footsteps, my breath and the road stretched out – fields lush with green corn still supple and young, the stalks and leaves offering enough resistance