The World Without
We cut ourselves on this regret like glass. Turn
when there is no turning to be had—the small threat
of our hands naked and shivering into the floating globes
of our air. Shriveled grey of the salt-faced sidewalk
to guide us—This is our own fault, own paws coy and dipping
too deep. Where you find depth, we find dregs—the leaves.
Our Future. We can be anything we want
now. We have emerged from a vat of thick grey ropes,
orchid-scented, sweet-pea-tasting. You will never have us back.
Not even with your tears. Not even with your laugh.
Each love, every short life—a fulgent mansion on an island.
At the end of each trial, soaked, off-screen, we die enchantingly.
Jessica Bebenek is a writer & transdisciplinary artist currently completing an MA at Concordia University in Montreal. Her third poetry chapbook Fourth Walk was published by Desert Pets Press, Spring ‘17. In Fall ‘17, she performed “The Waste Land” at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, knitting poetry for twelve hours straight. She will be releasing an accompanying chapbook of knitting patterns for poems, k2tog, through Berlin’s Broken Dimanche Press this Spring. @notyrmuse IG; www.jessicabebenek.art
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