If resistance was useless

If fear was indistinct from lying down

If, when held inside bones, you could only speak of the bones.

The great stone, the river, the pylon of the bridge

If the wind moves through grass and brings the smell of urine 

I was thinking of how this city left a scar on my knee

Start by scaling up my leg

When I say “people,” I mean everyone I’ve never touched. 

From outside the window, a mangled mouth 

There was a time when I would have been able to peel it back

Call this lastingness, the way it is

“the feeling of presence,”             no

actual beyond doubt                   

the way an infant remembers gravity, not things 

the force of these days in the habit of grief

Why am I never allowed to close my eyes

The bed made the sound of a marching band

I imagine you waking in a spinning chair

Scanning the news, and the news is always war

What does it mean that I don’t want to fight

So they may exist, press down on my knees

Let the bed retain its glow

He wants to say, his life is real

Fears it might never be said

That light

If he can

 

 

 

Alexis Almeida teaches creative writing at the University of Colorado, where she is at work on an MFA in poetry. Her translations and poems have appeared, or are forthcoming in Unsaid, Likestarlings, La Vague, Aufgabe, and elsewhere. She lives in Denver.

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