OXIDANT | ENGINE : Issue 5

Linda King

bloodmeal

pale paper minus zero    there is always a sun

 

rain slanting like loose syllables     or a blue bowl

 

you show up    all mystery and eye make-up

 

forget everything you’ve heard about party bags

 

the dog sleeps in the doorway    in captured language

 

those small embroidered moons

 

are feverish with lonely

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

everyone  blinded by remorse     sleep or shadow     circle or grotto

 

a blue  kind of weeping from the pharmacy counter

 

long vowels like the sound of  birds falling from the nest

 

count the cargo ships in the harbor    use the nouns as mooring

 

the furthest edge of meaning after the sun

 

all those years making place     a self and then another self

 

sew yourself into your clothes and wait for the ferry home

in clumsy light unclaimed myths fit your circumstances

 

all those weather warning     years of shores eroding

 

things you left behind     sun angles on the brick wall

 

unread pages held together with masking tape

 

a ghost philosophy     make an offering    make an offer

 

the return journey is a place you cannot occupy

 

an elsewhere next to the world     or this small section of earth

 

 

pose for the camera    wrap it around you like hand to pulse

 

words wash off the chalkboard like comparative intentions

 

allow the fiction of prayer     you are always the middle daughter

 

think it out     pay full price     your confession will never be finished

 

it’s all vintage violence and bonfire nights where only space will hold you

 

you gather new geographies full of the dictionary’s orphaned words

 

watch those three young girls walk that dirt road to school

Linda King is the author of four poetry collections – Dream Street Details (Shoe Music Press, 2012), Reality Wayfarers (Shoe Music Press, 2014), No Dimes for the Dancing Gypsies (BlazeVOX Books, 2016) and Ongoing Repairs to Something Significant (BlazeVOX Books, 2017). Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals in Canada and internationally. King is a graduate of The Writers’ Studio at Simon Fraser University.  She lives and writes on The Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada.