balasana (child’s pose)

she carries it in her hips:

an emotion

a longing the length unfurled
of the lined rings in sequoias

she carries it
with his intent
without permission)
in between

and through her lovers,
she carries it further
(sometimes her lover,
she carries it, too)
and resists that it sag down
or topple out

she notices it
when walking,
stubborn and obese
by the way others call out
and stalk or gaze
and fade away

sometimes she drags it
the largest widening
making room for
another in pain

she carries it
in a baby’s cry,
feels it against
her babe’s thighs

she carries it
whether she is called
mom or jane or
any self-given name

and it only rests
knees to chest
in the privacy
of the couch corner
or the bathroom sink

it funnels
to the crease of the paused book
when she’s done
being a woman for the day

when she can release
shrinking slender into
the not-so-heavy
flanks of a girl

even alone,
what a woman carries
is not only hers

but of everyone she loved
and looked at
that day, that year
in all times, both
in fruitful deliverings
and arrivals unheard


white hearses

I’ve reverted and regressed
into the high school sweetheart,
warped in borrowed clothes
drowning in the verses

I know this song! it’s the indent
in bed where strangers have slept together
for years, I know this one well
and it’s not for me

once upon a starry day
the sunset flecks have returned to his eyes
open wide ahhhhh there is the love,
but I wasn’t sick enough to catch it

boyish foolish you finding gold
in my snuff and snot, and roses
in my insults

I’ve reverted and regressed
to the all-searching searcher,
forgot my bloodhound in her cage
so I ponder the scent alone

and the far off whisk of death
I want to climb this precipice first and yet,
the white hearses are still coming for me

our secret has been whispered
tapestries have been weaved in your memory
the cattails have swayed,
and so have I