Sunday, January 15, 2012

“EIGHT”

Eight   
            Look at the word   
                        How do you say this word anyway?   
                                    Look at the number—   
                                                8   
                                      8   
A Mobius strip   
            Unending   
M. C. Escher
Two circles stacked   
            One   
            on   
            top   
            of   
            the   
            other   
A number of depth   
            Purple rooms   
            Playing poker   
                        Growing   
                                    lectures   
                                    radishes   
                                    corn   
                                    up   
“Mom, why can’t Paula take me swimming?”   
            Life   
                        in full color   
                                    first fetal photos   
                                                explained in one afternoon   
Eight   
            With Uncle Red   
                        and root beer   
            And collections   
                        of dogs   
                        of teapots   
                        of memories   
Layers of happiness   
            enfolded in blood   
Dad’s cheerful letters   
            from a distant war   
                        News flashes   
                                    Bombs   
                                                Destruction   
            Charlie’s lip   
                       torn away   
a bloody hand print on my thigh   
                                                8   
                        unending    
                        Wrapping back onto itself   
                                    joy and fear entwined   



Copyright 1994 Elizabeth Abrams Chapman

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