Weekend Poetry: Two Sonnets
when you cannot write, you write letters | losing
the day documenting loss | you cannot grieve
through Venetian blinds | lest you let the light in |
they cross the road to avoid us | to catch a death
and embalm it for all time is something only
cameras can do | reconcile the difference between
being embalmed and embalming | even as you
enact grief | it is misleading to say that time is
compressed only for the sick | we are all in it
together | discharging blood in normal time |
perhaps not every lunar month | but with
unrelieved hearts grieving upstream | my dead girl
| oh runaway girl | oh dead poppet | disguise
yourself as something else for a break
* * *
in my thoughts | what happens when you break |
when the most recent version of the body fails &
bodies into doll | the mouth is a crime of passion |
we are a composite body of all the things we have
done | he is in a sense hunting | lissom babe |
umwelten unwelten | in statu nascendi |
bowdlerised & retouched | wowf babe | and this is
what he is hunting | belle indifference | the belle
between us | bruised & idle | the question is the
question of how to validate selfhood | quell each
grand meal | quell each petit mal | the female
body as the loci | sabred in the company of men |
between her soma and her psyche | wowf type
wowf stenographer | these are my statements
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