Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language. 

Billow of Thistles

by Ruben Quesada

After Hieronymus Bosch

I have only ever left this planet once
in a billow of thistles
after snorting meth amphetamine
in an abandoned record store
in Hollywood, birds settling
into the windowsills.

A man whom I was engaged to
left me to take communion
with a Jesuit order in Ireland.
From Christ’s dress a thread spun itself
into the body of Adam
at his feet. From out of his palm
the translucent figure of Eve appeared.

I never heard from him again.

The salmon colored sky
eagerly held the night back
long enough for them
to recognize their flaws.

Copyright © 2020 by Ruben Quesada. Used with the permission of the author. The poem appeared in Mumber Magazine, Issue 2. Dec. 2020.

Ruben Quesada is the author of Revelations and Next Extinct Mammal. His writing has appeared in The Best American Poetry, Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, and other anthologies and journals. He is a blogger at The Kenyon Review, the founding director of the monthly Mercy Street Readings. He lives in Chicago.

For more: rubenquesada.com

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for our series is from Excursions Op. 20, Movement 1, by Samuel Barber, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by a generous donation from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library.