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Tayve Neese: Inside her muscle, a blossom,

a tumor.  She felt it turn  
to pomegranate. Each night one seed 
 
eaten by a grackle who rose
from her chest, intoxicated.
 
She thanked the bird. Over many months
praised its thick contorted beak, its precision.
 
As summer slipped to winter, she thought
 
she may never again smell a gardenia.
In her mind they all seemed crumpled
 
pieces of paper she had tossed away
out of carelessness. 
 
This is what the tumor had done,
 
reduced the whole world to nothing
but metaphor, reminded her 
 
of overlooked, intricate beauty.
She thanked it.
 
And although her closest friends 
were unable to look at her, how hairless
 
and rodent-like she had become,
she had the grackle.  Nightly it returned home.

Tayve Neese is the author of Locust (Salmon Poetry). She is the Executive Editor and Co-founder of Trio House Press.

Copyright 2020 Tayve Neese

5 comments on “Tayve Neese: Inside her muscle, a blossom,

  1. Oscar Houck
    November 20, 2020

    I was feeling pretty good about myself. Like, hey, I wrote a good poem today. And then I read this one. And I was grateful, because it made my day, made my afternoon, and reminded me there’s always something deeper, clearer, more beautiful somehow, to reach for. And it’s the reaching, that’s grace. We tend to think the grace notes lie in stillness. But I’m not so sure anymore. I think this is what Marie Howe meant when she said that love is an action.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. allisonfine
    October 14, 2020

    Thank you.Love this.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. rosemaryboehm
    October 14, 2020

    Oh, yes. I didn’t have a grackle, but made it.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Barbara Huntington
    October 14, 2020

    Thank you Vox Populi for introducing me to new favorite poets

    Liked by 1 person

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