*

As if the pump for the well

is carving her shoulders out

and the invisible stone

 

you will hold when it dries

broken up among the ruins

though some rocks

 

still squeeze one hand

too tight and the faucet

cover you with a place

 

that can not rest

–what you grip will be this cup

left over from the first death

 

no longer noon but a cramp

for which there is no potion

only her lips falling from the sky

 

almost empty, worn down

clings to the ground

as minutes, hours, evenings

 

–for years one hand

closing over the other

already a shadow

 

half grass, half thirst

half some vague hovering

inside your throat

 

–mouthful by mouthful only cold water

at last in the open

pulled up and still falling.

 

~ Simon Perchik

 

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, The New Yorker, and elsewhere.  More information, inclusing free e-books, his essay titled “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities”, and a complete bibliography, can be found at his website.

 

Featured artwork by Aiez Mirza.

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