Melissa Benham

 

 

 

from repronounceable

 

what the sea takes away

 

measuring out weight

 

of disappearing things

 

 

 

the light makes a name come across the paper

 

"I saw the shine could no longer contain it"

 

 

bursting the correct term for anything

 

the meat resembles the flower

 

attributes blending

 

 

 

under glass

 

drawn up by

 

    the nervous workings

 

of sun

 

 

 

how is it possible to remain whole

 

while appearing in so many places?

 

 


* * *


 

 

in diminishing

 

natural light we

 

observe tendency:

 

to wish a thing out of predestination

 

impossibly

 

 

undesigned as joy

 

mislaid with effort

 

 

half the landscape of event is ours

 

 

wrench the story its breakup

 

its palatable solid gift

 

unfêted

 

 

it was accurate we existed

 

without formula

 

shone awry



 

* * *

 



thus we relived

 

a series of paradises

 

speaking out of flat things

 

like a state of mind

 

 

but there is no center anymore

 

interrupted by continents

 

 

foliage blotted & cloudcover

 

why explain it this way?

 

 

on the brink of sleep

 

quicksand replaces oxygen

 

ruining the cute trick of thinking all day

 

 

we give our delay on every occasion

 

falter in the repetition

 

a token sallying