- Happy and Sad
come different ways through the brain — in one a feather is lofted on warm currents. In the other, lead talons drag you around a volcano’s rim. One’s a beach resort with sparkling pools and attentive staff. The other’s a town in the interior, hordes scratching dirt with rakes. That one’s a deck of marked cards, the other a blank book of creamy pages. Back and forth between windows, fort/da, the fear of losing or the freedom of knowing love remains. Two spigots, one Chateau d’Yquem, the other piss, the brain a bartender trying to regulate alternating or sometimes even simultaneous spurts. You never know what will fill your mouth. [End Page 42]
Natasha Sajé is the author of two books of poems, Red Under the Skin (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1994), Bend (Tupelo Press, 2004), as well as many essays. Sajé is a professor of English at Westminster College in Salt Lake City and poetry faculty in the Vermont College MFA in Writing program.