EASTERDAY POETRY AWARD WINNER 2015-2016
AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL POETS
the NATIONAL POETRY QUARTERLY
her name tumbles out of me like clear water over river rocks
and how could anyone meet this love with sin behind their teeth?
with a tongue that still meets mine despite contagion, a tongue
that nicks collarbones with gentle breath, a tongue that whittles love
into a boomerang that keeps ®evolving back around, she pulls
the calmness out of me and lays it to bask in a patch of sun, slows my pulse
to reptilian rates but when we are all mania, all heartbeat all t(h)rust all
hitched skirts hitched breath hitched period, my bones relax
into her the way an old house settles into its foundation–
there’s a reason our ghosts play so well together. there’s
a reason she fortresses my swollen self in a moat of her arms, a
reason our futures found themselves holding hands. sharing a bed.
a reason we knock teeth and giggle, make noises at noises, share
cocktails of morning breath and nightmare-aftermath and the
tangled clunking of pre-dawn limbs. a reason we gravitate. a reason
our body parts fit like russian nesting dolls, our thoughts like
they consulted each other before meeting air or ear, a reason
our diseases complement each other’s antibodies. there’s a million reasons
for this love and this love is all of them, but out of all million reasons,
I can’t find one why this could be wrong.
Mallie Holcomb, NC, Cary High School
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