Elephant

Ledlowe Guthrie

It pushed our pillows apart and

though I wanted to

it dragged my head away

when you kissed me

It hunched your shoulders closed

filled your body with stones

pulled you into the darkness

From safe distances

conversations skirted

clung in corners

stretched along walls

Like a leech it swelled

sucked you dry and empty

a dusty lake bed

It swallowed your loud words

wrapped your voice in grass

so when we talked

it hid your sound from me

Then like the shedding

of a skin grown old

the unexpected turn of a season

You unfurled and breathed.

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Additional Information

ISBN
9781862181427
Related ISBN
9781862181427
MARC Record
OCLC
1107345079
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-13
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
Creative Commons
CC-BY
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