Sometimes sadness permeates my body from outside,
element moving through fragile membrane
or waxed paper gives beneath rain.
(It’s so fragile the thing which is hanging in the air
between us all
it’s so fragile as strung lights flicker and roll
along the limbs of sidewalk trees)
the downpour is sudden, and stunning, it’s so
creaking between the millstones
of our eyes, our warm and coursing bodies
Friend, you’re with your chickens and I wonder what you are doing at this black moment. Your insides are clean and verdant, the rind of your heart is chartreuse, you stay light- you don’t get your feathers wet, and I don’t know how anyone manages that
when my brain itches and I sob sometimes. (I have not learned to be the infallible crier of our greater state of feeling.)
I sometimes hate it
that my only currency
is my own current.
I sometimes hate it that I do not yet know
everything, cannot yet gesture accordingly,
Friend your chickens outlived the brief thrash of coastal rain and they are fine. You say they stood there back to back
and that although you knew they’d be alright, something lodged a pit in you
Something lodged a pit in me in past. I do not remember the names of my home town’s streets. I left for colors of more vivid alacrity, and
harsher peals to meet,
a collision more meteoric.
How fragile, the revealing of our weather and humble force-field.
It’s so fragile