Ann Cotten

(1982 / Ames, Iowa)


Take me. Take me well. And not enough,
withal, take others. Take my soul
and beat it soft upon a window pane,
that it might kool my face. It comes

and gathers silently, audacious, fat, shining
and falling, globule one and all. And ever guiding
eels o, aches a the truth and binds
points, weeping. Weeping more wildly,

worse, and blind, he sees he's water, runs away
from what is left of wind. He sees he is insane.
First was the first, heavy, and then the case of strings
he shoves in laughter, pulls to drink and cheers,
works a small load, rutting, what gutter-fine series,
and, being light, remains high. The loser knows who wins.

If, so he, one looks, so he, below,
there is the same, a horizontal tear
eying the heights with not a trace, no fear,
laughing what's left. Now alone,

concentrated and distinct, quite lost
the old soul now, defected spirit,
open and close and slay, say eyes, not boring
into no world, merely in facets crying.

He would have to stay here, it would have to, and she
become opaque only because of him, today,
his hit binding her temperature to change,
with terrible deference, so she would ask him, how
can one be so and be such flighty, heavy show,
if one is nothing but a disc in disarray.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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