Jeremy Radin

From Dear Sal

Jeremy Radin

                                    Take this shaking moon
                     from my belly.
                                                     Cut away the vines.
Let it fall into the lake
                     & sink. There are flowers
                                                     in every
memory of you.
                                    You smile
                     & it is a belt
                                    of flowers, glowing
pink, silk & indigo.
                                                     It is a string
                                    of wild lanterns.
You, an animal
                                                     of lanterns, lamps
                     in the particular dark. I pick
                                    my geometry
out of the gloom,
                                                     dismayed
                     at its incompleteness.
                                                     Our reflections
in the lake,
                                    an explosion
                     of shadows, all that
                                                     the moonlight
                                    did to us. In my chest
it is still spinning.
                                    Cut it
                                                     with your teeth,
                     brave woman. We can write
                                                                a word
                                    on its surface
& eat the word
                                    over & over
                                                     until we glow,
                     a pair of lanterns,
unsaying
                     the names
                                                     of night.


JEREMY RADIN is a poet and actor living in Los Angeles. His poems have appeared (or are forthcoming) in numerous journals including Pen Center’s The Rattling Wall, Union Station, Nailed, and FreezeRay, and his first book, Slow Dance with Sasquatch, is available from Write Bloody Publishing. You may have seen him on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia or in a restaurant aggressively eating pancakes by himself. Follow him @germyradin.

 

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