10.4.2010

A Stone Woman Gives Birth to a Child at Night

The inner spinning like a Rand McNally globe.
(The place her finger lands, blindly: my name.)

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Yellow stripes of winter air
to strip the eye of its reproofs.

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Her, imploring: “Touch.”

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An eyelash threaded through
a sewing needle’s eye.

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A game she plays some nights:
no lights, no brakes.

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The way she’ll stir her first drink
with her third finger.

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A decorative map-
pain.

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An open window in the thought of money.
(The scary feeling as I scissor under, out.)

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The smoke inside her laugh’s
red brick chimney.

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A prick of blood that beads
and hymns itself.

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A wasp that wakes in February:
raveling, unraveling.

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The first and only question posed by
unfed transparency.

Wes Benson (© 2010)