A woman builds a house out of birds' cries and cries
all the time within it. The man she had wanted says,
"I am looking for a woman who is crying, but can't
tell if anyone is crying inside that house's outer
crying." So she builds another house; this time, tears
for bricks, and cries as loud as she can within it.
Still he can't hear her because the house's
rectangular tears are too dazzlingly beautiful
to hear within. At this point, they both should be
laughing. The ceiling is neither of their mouths,
but full of teeth. The sky above: a chicken,
fresh out of a fake swamp, opening its eyes
and flashing its resplendent wings.
They called this coincidence
"summer" and continued
on their merry way.
She, like a man,
opening a checkbook.
He, like a woman,
invisible when taking
off his clothes.
They both envied
text, only invisible
would claim it was
when said to be
All walls lie.
Say somewhere an ocean is empty of leaves.
Say somewhere our dance is inside the roof's burnt-down need.
The red shoe calls out to be danced in.
The potato calls out to be held like a doll.
The house calls out to be as empty as poetry
And say, yes, ma'am, I am empty as poetry.”
And say, "yes, sir, I am the soft spot on the back of a scar."
Somewhere a harpsichord is weeping.
Somewhere someone can hear a harpsichord weeping.
Somewhere someone can hear a harpsichord weeping and tell us what
the weeping is for.
A man holds a stethoscope to a woman’s closed mouth.
A man holds a tongue out to another man’s car.
This is just stereotype.
a woman a woman a woman a woman a woman a man.
"Let's say all poems are a Band-Aid on the word.
Let's say a house is a poem that doesn't know it
once died. Then to be a woman is exactly like being
a man, but to be a man is unlike anything a woman
might possibly be."
This was the song of the house on the brink of the room's
smallest eye hat cursed two belted felt smile, two knocked up
ideas, a prickly tremble inside a self made of nothing but noise,
while room temperature barbecue butterfly shenanigans drip.
© 2006 Joanna Fuhrman. By permission of Hanging Loose Press.
Date Published: 2006-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/architecture-moraine