physicists say we change an object simply by turning
our attention to it—really I am a grandson
only when we are eating at Panera—one of us is lying
always about her particular hunger—I love the children outside of me
counting to 30 while covering their eyes—whose body
will we sacrifice to be in the company of another—each
day across my ongoing—I haul the husk of her—fire
towers are designed for distance viewing—and I am right
here—mothering you into the next life—call me cover
when you don’t know who I could be—time’s
psychologic and legal assault—no one is listening to
ice become water—burying you to keep us alive—
Originally appeared in The Nation. Copyright © 2019 by TC Tolbert. Reprinted with permission of the author.
TC Tolbert is the author of Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press, 2014).
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/felo-de-se-melissa