UNIVERSAL ENERGY CALLED DOWN TO THEIR STATUES

SHANNON ELIZABETH HARDWICK

 
 

Before the marriage report

there were snow-days

 
my siblings and I walked

hand in hand with birds

 
under blankets children

ourselves we treated bodies
 
as temples of powder & ice where

all the cannot’s happen—dad’s fists—

 
his piano played figurine hearts

while mother sung to the girl she was

 
a man with shadows as friends

came to the door as a wave

 
with fish suckered to his face

 
we cowered under the piano

eating Cheetos & drinking soda

 
we were never allowed to before

because our father left

 
the previous night—a tornado

outside & the calm inside after

 
our mother’s spirit must have flown

through the fields because her body

 
stood as a scarecrow her eyes

cupped in a bowl of gold relief.

 

 
 

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