Two Poems by Cindy Song

mangata

 

there’s a word in another language that means

           the maternal sorrow reflected in the moon’s image

 

on dark water: mangata. i sift through stacks &

           stacks of newspaper clippings to find your name

 

but the heavens are often callous with our hearts,

           stumbling mindlessly & throbbing beatlessly.

 

i wonder if our reflections are ever really ours,

           ever really the same when spinning or flipping

 

upside down rightside leftside, somersaulting across a

           shiny river, crawling along the sides of moving cars.

 

they are a life of their own—ripples in the lake make

           me think of time, ripples in blue fabric stretching

 

us open & stuffing us with loneliness until we are

           the teddy bears in our bedrooms, the discarded

 

reminders of a stop drop childhood. & this is where

           it all begins and ends: torn edges of your reflection

 

blur, toeing the ripples and gently rolling into mine.

 

 

 

Law of Fluidity

 

this is how time moves:

pill bottles rolling up wooden tables,

rain running down thin glass like

it’s chasing itself.

oranges on windowsills

casting shadows long & rounded,

breathing colors dark & sleepy like Death—

something sad / something fading.

look at the sun & see how it dips

below your line of sight,

withdrawing into itself like a

jaded turtle.

a whore caught dead in the middle

of a thunderstorm, rain going

pum pum pum.

nothing sadder / nothing more liberating

 

 

 

Two poems by Jenny Moroney

Coca Cola

 

People love to see coke disappear into a slim, tall girl,

picture her sunlit sipping from a tall, cool glass,

her legs shining and stretched on top the table.

A wink and a wave shields eyes that clench a glint

of ice to match the cubes that clink in her drink.

Grinning she bites her straw, bites the summer day

and biting at transience, she champs her lip.

 

 

 

Cracked Crux

 

A blessing cracked into a bowl –

the yellow nucleus swimming

in a translucent dream.

 

A matryoshka doll –

three sacrifices enclosed in one another:

crushed, pressed, then pierced.

 

A sphere of life split –

the golden lava oozing

through an invisible veil.

 

And your love a greater blessing 

perhaps but

I will still have eggs for breakfast

after you are gone. 

 

 

 

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS INFORMATION LOSS by James Croal Jackson

You can recover anything. If you can’t, 

you will. What you seek exists 

but has left for the black hole of knowledge 

steady at the center of the galaxy. 

You will become a different person, 

renovate the house but keep the windows. 

You will find a new lover but process 

bits of data still there– the comparisons 

and air hurtle toward end-time, the end 

line unquantifiable by any metrics of the heart, 

of time complete and incomplete starts. 

There is a long black hair lodged in your beard 

from a lover though the body has moved on. 

You forget the names of things you know 

but know what they are, how you can have mind

without soul but no soul without mind. 

You can live a new life 

without losing the old. 

 

 

 

 

An excerpt from Six Memorial Renga

I.

Spiky, long, wire-like,
White as pure-bright snow,
Prickly bristler on powder-puff, fat cheeks.

Remember clouded mirrors,
The haze of summers’ heat.  

It sings a reflection
In the chapel of your conscience
That lingers for days.

Or still lingers, and flares
Like an afterimage.

We remember it
Darkly, we’ll forget a while.
Snapshots, silvers of dawn.

How we danced alone, yesterday.
Sunbeams splitting at the seams.  

Walking a path
Lead by light but avoiding
The beams on the way.  

To let them find you would be
Awful to imagine.   

 

II. 

I alone can’t hold
Why memories make us glow
In such a way.

But then, I haven’t seen
My brother’s jaded necklace.

How a necklace winds her windpipe,
Nickled noose of spidersweb,
Window to a bruise of blue.  

Eyes sparkling, shimmering cobalt,
Bloodshot, topaz, amethyst,  

Coal and graphite,
Shine with a deep blackness
That lets in no light.

The laughter of bones of stone,
Laughter that has always been lost.

Some things that are sad
Try tirelessly to find
A way to claw words.

The tapping from sooty flies
Behind morning’s windowpane.

 

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