Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language.
The signs begin incrementally. Smally they plum
then dilate under the skin as egg
so that we are forced to acknowledge each incident—
sometimes very human—
the body shepherding itself to the bathroom in the night and
back again, gasping where a toe smashes into the bed’s
simple feet. For a moment, we wake to radiant pain opening
as pure sound. Sometimes very metal—
There is worry that proliferates like operatic
throats. Signs happen such that
We are always gasping and awakening.
Copyright © 2021 by CM Burroughs. This poem first appeared in her book Master Suffering (2021, Tupelo Press).