An obsessive lot:
Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s
49 Sonnets from the Portuguese;
46 Monet Haystacks.
Become the Sonnet, become the Haystack:
Seek the source, root, core, rub
your nose in it, smell
the sweet dampness, put
an ear to it, hear
a song of drying, ease
fingers into steaming wet heat, feel
it give, fold
burrow inside a reed.
Become the Poem:
Wrap in it like a cocoon
roll in it like silt
scrape it under fingernails like fish scales
breathe it in like musk
slide it onto your tongue like honey
let it fill your heart like the cry of a birth
and shed its skin on paper
like a rattlesnake.
Bonnie Thompson Enes of Bloomfield is a poet
whose work has appeared in several anthologies
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