under my fingernails,
specks of truth,
reflect lights hood winked spectacle,
as though my hands,
are more than flesh,
are more than muscle,
are more than bones,
creations created to create,
finding solace in simplest movements,
like the arch of your spine.
No one tells much about it,
but there were vultures in the Garden of Eden,
Turkey vultures, to be exact.
Dark eagles, they would soar like gods
voiceless, their wings held out in blessing,
their unfeathered heads the red jewels
of the sky of the garden.
They were vegetarian then.
There were no roadside kills,
no bones to pick, no dead flesh to bloom, ripen.
And they were happy.
They could not imagine
what they would become.
By Sheryl St. Germain
do you ever wonder if maybe
the rain is trying to talk to us
but it hasn’t learned our language yet?
maybe the trees are swaying to the music
we make when we cease to be afraid
maybe it’s trying to dance with us.
maybe the stars are trying to say something
but we just haven’t learned the words
and maybe the moon
hangs from the sky
on a noose
to keep us from feeling lonely.
god shoots heroin and
every time he pushes down on the syringe,
the sky lights
it is just a shame i can’t feel the same euphoria.
i can only feel the rainclouds spilling their cold
i am writing songs about the rain like children so often do
but nobody will write songs about me.
aren’t i just as cold?
aren’t i just as desperate?
a hole in your heart
let me fill it with light
and one word at a time,
let me fill it with poetry
because it is the strength
found in bone marrow
if you don’t believe me
the anthropologies are proof
but a piece-wise empty heart
would be a terrible sadness.
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