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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