Raoul Fernandes

An Ache in the Knot 

 

if there’s a shortness in the breath of the lungs

if there’s an ache in the muscles of the arm

 

if there’s a knot in the shoulder and a soreness

in the throat if there’s a redness in the eye

 

and a twitch in the lid if there’s heat in the forehead

or sweat in the sheets if there’s weakness in the knees

 

or a hunger in the gut if a clutch of the fist

a ringing in the ear a chill to the touch or a sprain

 

of the wrist a shock to an elbow a swell in the bruise

a cut in the skin a skip in the heart if there’s love

 

in the inhale or love in the exhale if we are making amends

if there’s a mending of the bodies that rend

 

if we tend to each other in the dimming room

if there is an ache in the knot undone


Raoul Fernandes‘ poems have been previously published in PRISM International, The Malahat Review, subTerrain, CV2, Poetry Is Dead, among others. In 2010 he was a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, and a runner-up for subTerrain‘s 2013 Lush Triumphant Award. He is an editor for the online poetry journal The Maynard (themaynard.org) and his first collection is forthcoming from Nightwood in Spring 2015.

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