Holly Wiegand is a doctoral student and teaching fellow at Boston University, studying 19th-century literature of Britain and America. A Montana native, she enjoys fishing, kayaking, skiing, and discovering what it means to be human. Her poetry has previously appeared in DASH Literary Journal, Polaris Literary Magazine, and Peregrine Journal.
It was agreed, safe
in a coffee shop
between the bank and the Thai restaurant
turning over her words like so much ripe soil
I try to read the crumbs clinging to the muffin paper,
blackened juice and grains
an impossibly rectangular sugar crystal which
leans over the edge of the plate
“They come back—they come back.
Everything comes back,”
leaning her chin into her molded palm
There is a band-aid on her middle finger
Standing on the lurching prow
did Theseus wonder if
his reflection was himself
a nanosecond younger?
a bundle of
flickering, peering back
the gradual darkening
of the eye
of dye from the hem
reaching for any sort of
cosmic or otherwise
I will never be Frank O’Hara
on the bank of the Charles,
nor was I meant to be:
watching fetid leaves
(so many distorted stars)
across brick and asphalt.
Holding my own empty palms,
I learn to fill them again.
One day I will be tall
enough to reach the pigeons,
the spiders, the prayers
still among the arching gothic.
For now, I wear poetry like a cloak—
of their and my impossibilities.
Find me again
in the midst of years
when you have become
not what you thought you’d become
nor what you wanted to become
but what you have become;
and I will wonder
what misshapen thought, what fate
what was it that tuned our souls to
to the ticking of clocks.
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