Before Art


abstract image of a light pattern cast on a floor

maybe all you wanted at the start was to take
the perforated present
shot through with holes to carve it to make
the dappled light it held look like it meant all along
to be held like that maybe you only wanted
to test some strength against the coming loss not
necessarily yours maybe it was in the living fossils
among us, the beyonds they tended to point to
by being there where we were
o teeth
o sorrow
o wonder
o breath
where do you go in this now
but shh you tell me try not to look
like that
meaning I think this gulping way
where you try to take it
o all of it at

Author: Stacey C. Johnson

I keep watch and listen, mostly in dark places.

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