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Samantha’s Daily Poem

October 7, 2011

Not winter yet

The earth clenches
frozen lumps of soil
even the big trees look brittle
like stick drawings.

Late in the morning
the grass sweats
it is not warm
but it is no longer so cold
as to hollow us out
a stream of hunchbacks weaving
the fastest path
to a door.

It is not winter yet
we are only being tested
the ice will come
and we will wish
for the charity
of rain.

October 6, 2011

Winter sweater

You smell of beach fire
I slide my neck and arms into you
the season of wool
you are just scratchy enough
to make me feel sentimental
a torrent of first
days of school
that one time I slept
under a sky that never darkened
I belong inside
your bulk
the wispiness of summer
always leaves me feeling
I am a turtle
in the cold wind
happily crammed back inside
its shell.

October 5, 2011

Ode to Steve Jobs

We expected you
to evade it
with elegance and wit

you were too clever
for the commonness
of death.

Even though it was you
who famously said
it was the best invention
of life

the reset button
a new flood of souls

the inevitability of it
our excuse
to be ravenous
and absurd.

If you were scared in the end
unwilling to dissolve
I understand

but I like to imagine it was the way
you lived
a gargantuan exit
by way
of a wink.

October 4, 2011

A long moment

Her fantasies grew
so unruly
that one day
she looked in the mirror
and for a long moment
with casual pity
who the woman was
looking back at her
so thin
and plain.

October 3, 2011

Falling asleep

Every night
the cusp
breath rolls like a capsized ship
my insides drop
I am waiting for it
the precise beat
when sleep swallows
me whole
but last night
was no different
I am there
and then I am

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