from The Possum Play
            Act 2
Jenny Sampirisi

He says:
I like your feet.
She says:
they keep me up.
And leaves come down.
Living world turned ornament:
green stilettos,
leather boots,
fields and roads,
the wild.

If you can be immobile for a time,
emit stink.

I come back.
(Come back.)
Not deliberately.

Could be that the sea remembered its history of ground
or the shake gave way to stillness.


Jenny Sampirisi is the author of the novel is/was (Insomniac Press, 2008) and the poetry collection Croak (Coach House Books, 2011). She is the recipient of the 2011 K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature.

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