POET WRESTLING WITH ZERO-POINT ENERGY AS THE BELOVED {WE SHARE} by Rosebud Ben-Oni

beat a horse & still the dead {you never knew} know what's in your heart

 

                                    better than you                  

     

 

here's blood in your eye

 

 

                        {make these bones your kindling}                               & retch

 

                                    salt from stone             {there's blood in our eyes

 

                                                yet}     & everything

 

 

from the dead sea we are         aware & awake of your dreams           

 

                                    unawake & unaware that the dead dream

 

                        & there is no dead space & no dead sea no every-

 

            thing knows something

 

as beating & received

 

 

there's just different planes of second-guessing :: you are still dead

 

 

last in knowing a heart {has different planes of beating} & we

 

 

            the plastic horses & skeleton keys

 

                        left behind at the dollar tree

 

                                    we are without hunger

 

                                                for your returning

 

 

a bird passing overhead is for the living

 

around her wings we are the hissing

 

static like rickety rocking

 

horses were we

 

in your attics

 

& fishbowl seas                                                           

 

 

a garbage heap is a galaxy of feeling

 

 

even the wood-rot keys their splinters

 

                                                cry out for your hands everywhere

 

                                    is somewhere to go & a blind alley we call

 

                        home that last horse before dawn

 

            who will carry us when there’s no one

 

ROSEBUD BEN-ONI is a recipient of the 2014 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry and a 2013 CantoMundo Fellow; her most recent collection of poems, turn around, BRXGHT XYXS, was selected as Agape Editions' EDITORS' CHOICE, and will be published in 2019.  She writes weekly for The Kenyon Review blog and is an Editorial Advisor for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Her work appears or is forthcoming in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, Tin House, Black Warrior Review, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Arts & Letters, among others; recently, her poem "Poet Wrestling with Angels in the Dark" was commissioned by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City, and published by The Kenyon Review Online. She teaches creative writing at UCLA Extension's Writers' Program. Find her at 7TrainLove.org.

 

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