Now eating hurts and only God

not existing brings the numbed possible

 

What angels

says the street swept with brushes

says the tax dollars

lost on the street when the angels

went drunk and suddenly dark

in the drowned mind

 

When a speaker puts the mind down finally

as the philosophers put down God

I can dream the mind won’t wake up again and walk

as capital walks

after Marx disfigured money

with flames and pitchforks

 

If only money would die

we could find a numb beginning

in a blanket of material

and our children could march

beyond us into a world that spends only light

 

My daughter brays on a playground

in another part of town

 

I hold her toy frog as I write this

and own nothing

 

What holds us from holding our children

is money and the law and the police

who defend property

and who may someday

defend me from my child

as if food or land or children

could be property

 

only the mind is property

of no dead God

of my child who is not crying out

who is happy in her silence

fighting her nap

 and remembers I’ll come before supper

 

 

 

Ordinary_Sun_WebMatthew Henriksen is the author of Ordinary Sun (Black Ocean, 2011) and a few chapbooks, most recently Latch Down the Dark Helmet (Wildlife Poetry, 2013). Recent poems appear in Toad Suck Review, N/A, Apartment, and Yalobusha Review. For Fulcrum #7 he edited “Another Part of the Flood: Poems, Stories, and Correspondence of Frank Stanford.” Since 2003 he has with Adam Clay co-edited Typo, an online poetry journal. He runs The Burning Chair Readings and works at the Dickson Street Bookshop in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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