By Dorothy Barresi
Winner of the 1990 Barnard New ladies Poets Prize.
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Page 8 On her stove, a black-and-white flecked tea kettle is whistling here lies, ready to melt down onto the burner and become event: metal, gone stars. Page 9 Live Remote Puritan Road, November 24, 1963 There are thorns, a tiny cyclone fence surrounding the open heart of Jesus on the refrigerator. But to that openness, to that gilded, blue-tipped, ghost-shaped flame & teardrops of blood rolling down his glorious tunic, perfect as what's painted on my sister's stupid dolly's faceto all of these doings in his chest he points with the mildest agony.
Cars went head-on. Sympathy, old motor, ran out or we grew old, our tongues wearing little grooves in our mouths clucking disappointment. Page 22 Michael, what pulled you up by upstart roots and set you packing, left the rest of us here, body-heavy on the edge of our pews. Over the Reverend's lament we could still hear laughter, your mustache the angled black wings of a perfect crow. Later we taught ourselves the proper method for mourning haphazard life: salt, tequila, lemon. Drinking and drifting in your honor we barely felt a thing.
But there are planetary systems in the blood. A grand opera of fate brings chances we can't see but choose somehow. Later, we see how we went wrong. Now August says he never, ever wanted anyone so badly. But there's rehab first, and the business with his wife. And the last abortion having left a disability of my womb I've come to think of as a million tiny birdsfeet tracking over muddied ground. Some nights it's too much like this on the girls' bus. Regret or Spend It Now, towels around our throats.
All of the Above (Barnard New Women Poets Series) by Dorothy Barresi